Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about the Jewish
Holiday of Shavuot
May 16 : 2 days to Shavuot begins
Did you know that many Jewish communities read the Book of Ruth during Shavuot services?
Ruth was the first convert to Judaism and reading her story is said to be a parable for whole-hearted way in which the Jewish people accepted the Torah.
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. We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Shavuot* (sundown 05/18).
*Shavuot is pronounced sha-voo-OT.