(Shah-VOO-oat, translated: "Weeks")

The Time of Giving of the Torah – believed to have occurred on Mount Sinai.

McGillis Celebration

Shavuot occurs in late spring, sometimes after school has let out for the year. If this holiday occurs during the school year, there is an ethics in action day focusing on all aspects of literature. Authors might visit, students might write prose and poetry, and we might have a book drive for local libraries or schools in need.

Traditional Celebration

Ten commandments are read in the synagogue on this holiday. There are few commandments that relate to this holiday, other than the typical ones of refraining from work, but there are many traditions.

Some of these traditions include all-night Torah study, recalling when Moses had requested his followers to pray all night while he ascended Mount Sinai; they fell asleep, and many Jews try to atone for this lapse by studying all night.

It is traditional to eat dairy treats on Shavuot, such as blintzes or ice cream because the giving of the Torah is described my many Jews as a gift of "milk from heaven."