Also known as “Feast of the Weeks,” you may know Shavuot as “The Holiday Where We Eat Cheesecake.”
Not only does the holiday, which begins the evening of May 30th and ends the evening of June 1st, have several names, it also celebrates more than one religious observance. Shavuot both celebrates the early summer’s grain harvest (in Israel) and also G-d giving the Torah on Mount Sinai to the Jewish people. It has become customary to eat dairy and study, debate and analyze Torah late into the night. This is called a Tikkun Leil Shavuot. In recent years, many Jews have started to reimagine Shavuot…engaging not only with traditional Torah texts, but also with more contemporary texts and art.
However you decide to mark the holiday, we’ve got your guide for doing it in DC!
Food for Shavuot
More Shavuot Resources
Video: Why Do Jews Eat Cheesecake on Shavuot? –
Video: Sixth & I’s Rabbi Shira Stutman Talks Shavuot –
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