Shavuot is a dual importance that marks the all-important wheat yield in the Land of Israel. And it celebrates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the whole nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the correlation between the giving of the Torah that is Matan Torah and the festival is not accurate in the Biblical text. Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the result of the Counting of the Omer, and its date directly connected to that of Passover. The Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, starts on the second day, to be suddenly followed by it.
This counting of days and weeks is explained to express apprehension and excitement for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were delivered from their slavery to Pharaoh on Shavuot, they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. The yahrzeit of King David traditionally observed on it. Hasidic Jews also follow the yahrzeit of the Baal Shem Tov.
History of Shavuot
Shavuot is perceived as the Festival of the Giving of the Torah, is revealed in the Bible, which describes how, after the Departure from Egypt, the Children of Israel continued to Mount Sinai in the desert. Moses climbed the mountain to meet God, who gave him the Ten Commandments, which written on two tablets to delivered to the Children of Israel. According to the Torah, it took precisely 49 days, for the ancient Israelites to migrate from Egypt to the foot of Mount Sinai. The Torah instructs:
“And you shall proclaim that day (the 50th day) to be a holy convocation!”
The name Shavuot, “Weeks,” symbolizes the completion of this seven-week journey. The rabbis tightened this connection by associating festival with Moses’ receiving the Torah from God atop Mount Sinai. The word Shavuot suggests weeks, and the festival tells the finish of the seven-week counting period between Passover.
How to Celebrate the Shavuot
Shavuot is celebrated by refraining from work and attending synagogue assistance. A few individual readings interpreted: a well-known poem called Akdamut, which indicates the greatness of God; the Book of Ruth because the story highlights one woman’s choice to join the Jewish people and believe the Torah; and the Ten Commandments, in celebration of the announcement of the Torah. It is also habitual to study Torah all night; this practice is called Tikkun Leil.
Traditional holiday meals on Shavuot center throughout dairy foods. Milk is estimated to be a symbol of the Torah, which provides the people directly, as milk does for a baby. Favorite foods combine cheesecake, blintzes, and kugels. Sephardic Jews perform a seven-layered bread called siete cielos which means seven heavens, which is assumed to symbolize Mt. Sinai.