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Shavuot Calendar 2016

Shavuot Calendar 2016

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During the course of the holiday we don’t go to work, drive, write, or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook, to kindle a stove with a flame that existed before the holiday (or which was lit from such a flame), and to carry outdoors.

 

Saturday,
Sivan 5—June 11

Shavuot eve

It is customary to decorate synagogues and homes with flowers and boughs .All decorations must be completed on Friday before the onset of Shabbat.

The holiday of Shavuot begins tonight.

Women and girls light candles tonight to usher in the holiday. Click here for candle-lighting times in your city, and see below for the blessings one recites while lighting.The flame must be lit from a pre-existing flame that was lit on Friday.

After the holiday evening prayers, a festive holiday meal, complete with the recitation of the holiday kiddush, is enjoyed. Being that it is Saturday night, special additions are inserted to mark the end of the Shabbat.

On this night it is customary to remain awake and study Torah until dawn.

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Sunday,
Sivan 6—June 12

First day of Shavuot
Torah reading: Exodus 19:1–20:23; Numbers 28:26–31
Haftorah: Ezekiel 1:1–28; 3:12

Reading of the Ten Commandments.

All men, women and children should go to the synagogue to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments. Click here to find a synagogue near you.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, encouraged the bringing of even the youngest of children to the reading of the Ten Commandments in the synagogue on Shavuot. This is in commemoration of the Jewish people declaring: “Our children are our guarantors [that we will keep the Torah].” This, the Midrash states, was the only guarantee acceptable to G‑d.

The priests bless the congregation with the Priestly Blessing during the Musaf prayer.

Many communities chant the Akdamut poem before the reading of the Torah.

Kiddush is recited, and a holiday meal follows.

It is customary to eat dairy foods today. Click here for delicious dairy recipes.

Candle-lighting, from a pre-existing flame, after nightfall. Click here for candle-lighting times in your city, and see below for the blessings.

Whoever will say yizkor tomorrow lights a yahrtzeit candle tonight, also from a pre-existing flame.

After the holiday evening prayers, a festive holiday meal, complete with the recitation of the holiday kiddush, is again enjoyed.

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Monday
Sivan 7—June 13

Second day of Shavuot
Torah reading: Deuteronomy 15:19–16:17; Numbers 28:26–31
Haftarah: Habakkuk 2:20–3:19

The Yizkor memorial service is recited (and charity is pledged) for the souls of departed loved ones.

The priests bless the congregation with the Priestly Blessing during the Musaf prayer.

Kiddush is recited, and a holiday meal follows.

Some communities have the custom to read the Book of Ruth on the second day of Shavuot.

The holiday ends tonight at nightfall. Click here for end of holiday times in your location.

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June 13, 2016
Thank you for this helpful schedule. Shalom.
Adonai's Anointed
Pittsburgh
June 10, 2016
To Anonymous
That is a reference to a candle that lasts over 24 hours, it can be found in kosher food stores and Judaica stores. You'd light that candle this evening and use that flame to light your gas stove after Shabbat ends tomorrow.
Chabad.org Staff
chabadone.org
June 10, 2016
I'm confused; on one hand, I read that candles should last 2-3 hours. Then it says you must light the candle the next day from a "pre-existing flame" from Friday. Well if it burned out, how would I do that? Is a flame to be kept going throughout the holiday? Please help!
Anonymous
Kingsland
May 19, 2015
To Rick
In that case you light them. See this link for more information on that.
Chabad.org Staff
chabadone.org
May 18, 2015
Hloiday Candles
What if you're a single man, what do you do about the candles?
Rick
Ohio
June 6, 2014
to Mila
There is no official bracha for lighting a yahrtzeit candle. Some have the custom of saying "harei ani madlik ner zeh le-iluiy nishmat ____ ben _____". I hereby light this candle in memory of ____ son/daughter of _____.
Chabad.org Staff
June 6, 2014
Brocha for yahrtzeit
Is there a brocha for lighting the yahrtzeit candle?
Mila
New York
April 1, 2013
work
So now that we have knowledge of what day it really is can we work the second day.
Kabadiah Ben Yishai
Los Angeles
May 28, 2012
shavuot
Thank you for the clear and detailed info. Was in Miami w/my daughter and saw many dressed up Sun/Mon and wondered what holiday and what significance. This explained well.
Appreciate it.
Will
Fairport, NY/US
May 28, 2012
shavuot
now I'm totally confused, as usual! I understood that shavuot is the beginning of the harvest festivals, when we pray that
G-d will give us a good harvest throughout the coming season and that Simchat Torah
is when we thank G-d for the giving of the Torah. How backwards am I ?
louise leon
long pond, PA
jewishpoconos.com
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