The Feast of Weeks

Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after Passover, commemorating the first fruits of the harvest and associated with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai! It's taken from Leviticus 23 and Numbers 28, where two wheat loaves were offered In the tabernacle, representing the “choicest fruits”—an offering of thanks to God for Israel’s bounty—a festival of first fruits! On the morning of the first day of Shavuot, many gather in the synagogue to read Exodus 19 and 20, which describes the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. All stand when the Ten Commandments are read—commemorating this important day in the Jewish tradition.

Share

More Book Minute Features

February 18, 2019

President’s Day 2019

U.S. Presidents, from a range of religious backgrounds, have frequently quoted the Bible in speeches, acknowledging the influence of the Bible in thei...
February 11, 2019

Black History Month: Fannie Lou Hamer

As a civil rights activist in the 1960s, Fannie Lou Hamer helped focus attention on the plight of African Americans. She came into the national spotli...
February 04, 2019

Black History Month: Henry Ossawa Tanner

Henry Ossawa Tanner was one of the most distinguished artists of the 19th century, and the first African American artist recognized internationally fo...

Click to Expand