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Shavuot: (lit. “weeks”) The one-day holiday (two in the Diaspora) commemorating the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. This late-spring holiday commences on the fiftieth day (the morrow of seven “weeks”) following the second day of Passover.
I “They had journeyed from Rephidim and had come to the desert of Sinai, camping in the desert; and Israel camped there before the mountain.” -Yitro 19:2 With these words the Torah describes Israel’s coming to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. Our sages n...
Shavuot is the day on which we recall the giving of the Torah on Sinai. The Torah itself does not explicitly mention the connection. It merely says, “You shall count fifty days (from the second day of Pesach)… and you shall proclaim on that selfsame day: ...
The Midrash saysShir HaShirim Rabbah 1:12. that the Jewish people slept the entire night before Mattan Torah, the giving of the Torah. They did so, because the “sleep of Shavuos is sweet and the night is short.” Moreover, the Midrash goes on to state: “on...
The Midrash relates that before G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish people, He asked for guarantors. The nation offered several options - the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses and the other prophets, but G-d rejected them all. The people then volunt...
“Would you like to say a d’var Torah for Shavuos, Shlomie,” Mr. Gold asked, looking at his son who had come home from yeshivah for Yom Tov. “ Sure,” Shlomie said. He began, “The Torah was given on Mount Sinai. Why? There are other mountains….” “Aw, come o...
Each Person as an Individual As has been mentioned,See the sichah to Parshas Shemini in this series and the sources cited there. the counting of the omer is a preparation for the giving of the Torah. Therefore, directly after the 49 days of the omer, we c...
Secrets of The Festivals Chapter 8
Shavuos takes place fifty days after Pesach. We count the Omer for 49 days from Pesach to Shavuos. Pesach as we have learned is the notion of escaping bondage and breaking personal boundaries. Shavuos is the celebration of the time at which the Torah was ...
שבועות, יום הביכורים, זמן מתן תורתינו, עצרת Shavuot, Yom HaBikkurim, Zeman Matan Torateinu, Atzeret. QUESTION: Why is the festival called “Shavuot?” ANSWER: 1) “Shavuot” means “weeks”: From the time the Jews left Egypt they waited for seven weeks until th...
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