Learning about Jewish Holidays: Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks
Seven weeks after the spectacular Exodus from Egypt God revealed his will to the Israelites in an awesome event, the Giving of the Ten Commandments, to be commemorated as “Shavuot” (this is the Hebrew word for “weeks”). The Ten Commandments later also became the moral basis of many in the Western civilization.
The Sages called Shavuot “Zman Matan Toratenu”, Hebrew for “the time of the giving of our Torah”. This season is undeniably responsible for the unique character of the Israelites, their faith, and their destiny. Remarkably it is the time of the “giving” of our Torah as we celebrate the “receiving” of the Torah on Shavuot every year, and also on every day, always, and everywhere.