Did You Know? Countdown to Shavuot 2009 (05/28)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Jewish
Holiday of Shavuot

May 28 : Shavuot begins @ sundown*

Did you know that on Shavuot, many Jewish people stay up all night studying Torah?

This all-night vigil is linked to the morning on which the Jewish people received the Torah, when legend teachers that the Israelites overslept. In order to ensure that such a slight never happens again, Jews traditionally stay up all night on the evening of Shavuot, studying the tractates handed down to Moses the following morning.

*Shavuot begins tonight at sundown

Shavuot is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot also commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.

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