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Shavuot Traditions & Customs

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Learning on Shavuot night; the Ten Commandments; Book of Ruth; adorning the home with flowers; dairy foods...

Learning on Shavuot Night - Tikkun Leil Shavuot
An Insomniac’s Preparation for the Torah
On Shavuot night we remain awake until dawn to atone for an error committed many years ago . . .
Hear the Ten Commandments on Shavuot
All must attend the reading of the Ten Commandments, men and women, young and old. Find out why...
Shavuot Torah Readings
Who are the Jews, what it means to be "chosen", the revelation at Sinai, the Ten Commandments, and the three pilgrimage festivals...
Why Eat Dairy on Shavuot
Shavuot is the only holiday when dairy foods are traditionally on the menu. There are many reasons for this delicious custom . . .
7 Classic Reasons for Shavuot Flowers and Greenery
Many have the custom to decorate the synagogue and home with greenery and flowers in honor of Shavuot. Here’s why.
Laws of Yom Tov
Rejoicing, enjoying, resting from work
Just as there are sacred places, there are sacred times, times to celebrate, times when weekday activities do not belong.
The Book of Ruth
On the holiday of Shavuot we all became Jewish. What an appropriate time to read about the consummate convert—and her justly deserved reward.
Shavuot Greetings
Like other Jewish holidays, the traditional Ashkenazi greeting for Shavuot is “Gut yom tov.”
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