Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which occurs seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot, like many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival that marked the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Israelites brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.
AT Bet Aviv
At Bet Aviv we celebrate Shavuot with a Saturday morning service. We read the Torah portion about the giving of the Ten Commandments and parade our Torah around the room. We have small stuffed Torahs for any grandchildren to hold while following in the Hakafah. Following the service, we join together for a delicious Shabbat lunch.