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The holiday of Shavuos takes place on the sixth of Sivan. It commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

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Why is Yom Tov Seven Days? Shavout One?

The Three regalim got me thinking. Firstly, why is Sukkot and Pesach specifically 7 days - what is behind this number? Additionally, why is Sukkot and Pesach seven days long while Shavout only one?
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Why can't the Shtei HaLechem be baked on Shavuoth?

In Avoth 5:5 we learn that one of the 10 miracles in the Temple was that the Shtei HaLechem - the 2 breads brought on Shavuoth and eaten by the Cohanim - were never found to be invalid: עֲשָׂרָה ...
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Rain 40 days after Shavous

I heard if it rains on the second (or first?) day of Shavuos, it will rain at some point during each of the next 40 (?) days. It definitely has rained a decent amount, but is this a real thing? and ...
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Why is fasting not permitted in the first 12 day of Sivan?

The Yahrzeit for my father falls on 7 Sivan. In the past it was always my custom to fast on 8 Sivan unless it was a Shabbat. Then I would fast on 9 Sivan. This came up in discussion with my (Chabad) ...
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Suggestions for Shavuot all-night learning session

Besides Meguilat Rut and the laws pertaining to Yom Tov in general, is there anything Lail Shavuot is specifically considered a good time to learn about, Torah-wise?
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Why don't I see the minhag to put grass in shul?

The Rema brings a minhag to put grass and other herbage in shul for Shavuos. I've seen this practiced only once. Why don't more Ashkenazi shuls follow this minhag? I feel some would be tempted to say ...
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How can it be that David hamelech died on shavuos and Shabbos

The Gemara (Mesechet Shabbat) says that Shavuot can never fall on Shabbat. But it is known that David Hamelech was niftar on Shavuot and Shabbat?
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Why do we read Megillas Rus on Shavuos?

Why do most Ashkenazim read Megillas Rus on Shavuos? I am sure there are multiple answers to this question. I would like as many as possible, with a preference for answers from earlier sources.
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Why do we choose to mourn over celebrate during the omer?

It seems like this time would be a time of singing and dancing as we count to shavuot. Why does the mourning of Rabbi Akiva's students trump the celebration of the coming shavuot holiday?
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Connection between the three Atzeret?

I noticed that there are three moments called Atzeret. The seventh day of Pesach Shavuot Shemini Atzeret But what is the connection between these three specific moments?: Although all three are ...
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Atzeret: Shavuot v.s. Simchat Torah

Both Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah as Shavuot are called 'Atzeret', both are about Matan Torah. In what way are they comparable, and in which way are they different if both celebrate Matan Torah?
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Bracha on food and drinks eaten between dairy/meat/fish?

I do not know the answer to this, even though it comes up every Shabbos. My usual behavior is not to make a bracha on the glass of juice between fish and meat. I don't know if this is correct. I ...
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How long does a vow made “until it will be Shavuos” last?

The mishnah in Nedarim 8:3 gives the following general rule: This is the rule: Anything that has a set time and he says, "until it reaches that time," he is forbidden until that time. If he says, ...
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Hours for אהבה רבה on Shavuos; true or exaggeration?

In two recent shiurim I heard a story about a certain (don't remember the name) Yeshiva in pre-war Europe where they took (three?) hours to say אהבה רבה (the blessing before Shema) on the morning of ...
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Is there a Jewish midrash that parallels Christian tradition regarding Shavuot

I've read from a number of Christian sources that there is a Midrash pertaining to Shavuot that parallels the Christian tradition. However, I have not been able to find Jewish sources which support ...
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Were the Israelites' pots really ben yoman when they received the Torah?

In the Mishnah Brurah's explanation for the custom of eating dairy foods on Shavuot (O.C. 494:12), he mentions that the Israelites' pots had been used for non-kosher food within the past 24 hours, and ...
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why don't we count the fiftieth day of sefira with a brocha? [duplicate]

It's a famous question but I'd like hear all different answers. The pasuk says תספרו חמישים יום, yet we only really count 49. Why?
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Are there any minhagim which people do on shavous night as a substitute for staying up all night?

Are there any minhagim which people do on shavous night as a substitute for staying up all night? I just want to know if this type of minhag exists or existed.
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Yom Yerushalayim and the seven weeks of sefira

Commentators in many places have discussed the spiritual ascent that is associated with the seven weeks of sefira, from the time an offering of barley (representing animal feed) is brought, right ...
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If 1st day Shavuot occurred on Shabbat, could you begin early?

With the fixed calendar, now, the 1st day of Shavuot never occurs on Shabbat. On the 1st night of Shavu'ot many congregations wait to daven Ma'ariv until tzet so that the Omer counting should be tamim ...
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Is one commanded to hear the Ten Commandments on Shavuot?

Is it really an obligatory mitzvah to hear a reading of the Ten Commandments on the first day of Shavuot (as distinct from the general commandment to hear Torah)? What is the source, if any, for this ...
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Last line of Yetziv Pitgam

The Artscroll siddurim (that I've seen, I haven't done a full survey of the siddurim and machzorim) translate the last line of Yetziv Pitgam as a reference to Yonatan ben Uziel. The Artscroll chumash,...
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chupah (tallit gadol) above bimah on Shavuot

I was wondering as I hear it for the first time that one of my friend told me that they made a chupah(hung tallit gadol) above bimah on Shavuot.he told me its a custom that we do every year, but we ...
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Who should recite Akdamut in the synagogue?

Optimally, who should lead the reading of Akdamut in the synagogue on the 1st day of Shavuot. Should it be: the chazzan (cantor) the Ba'al Kri'ah ( Torah reader ) The Cohen (who receives the 1st ...
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Why do Akdamut, Reshuyot on Simchat Torah and Yom Tov kiddush use the same tune?

The tune used for Yom Tov Kiddush throughout the year by most Ashkenazim is almost exactly like the tune used for Akdamut - the Aramaic poem recited in many Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard ...
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Why eat Saffron on Shavuos?

The Aruch HaShulchan in OC 494:5 seen here mentions a minhag to put saffron in the food on Shavuos due to the fact that has a pleasant smell which alludes to the passuk in Shir HaShirim לריח שמניך ...
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Why Shavuos on Sunday

Rashi on Rosh Hashana 22 omud 2 says that the baytusim wanted the 1st day of sefirah and Shavuos to fall on Sunday because of the possuk which says ממחרת השבת which they interpret literally, that the ...
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The story of the Minim and Boethusians; trying to fix the festival of Shavuot on Sunday

I've found different sources like the Mishnah, Babylonian Talmud (tractate Rosh HaShanah), Jerusalem Talmud, Tosefta etc., talking about the Minim and the Boethusians who wanted to fix the festival of ...
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What are the halachic considerations regarding davening after staying up all night on Shavuot?

There is a wide-spread minhag to stay up all night on the evening of Shavuot and learn until shacharit in the morning. I know that when people do that, there are some necessary changes to the morning ...
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What does דיבור מצרית refer to?

In the chazzan's repetition of the Shacharis amida for the first morning of Shevuos, there is a supplication which reads: אז בכתב אשורית, ובלשון עברית, ובדיבור מצרית, הנחלת לבת עברית וכו׳. What do ...
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Napping on Shabbos to stay up for Shavuos

This years Shavuos falls out on Motzei Shabbos. The minhag for many Jews is to stay up all night learning. There is also a prohibition on Shabbos to prepare for after shabbos, this is called "Hachono"...
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Why do we refer to Shavuot as the “time of receiving the Torah” when all that occured was hearing the 10 Commandments?

During Shavu'ot, during Shmoneh Esreh and bentching we refer to the holiday as Z'man Matan Torateinu - "The time of the giving of our Torah" Discounting the discussions of the exact calendar date of ...
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Staying up all night and suffering on Yom Tov

The Maharal in his commentary on the Haggada (Gevurot Hashem) explains the significance that the Tannaim were relating the story of the Exodus until they were informed by a student that it was time ...
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Why Does the Torah Cycle start/end on Simchat Torah?

If the Torah was given on Shavu'ot, wouldn't it be logical to make that day the time to start the reading cycle (or, at least, line up the yearly cycle so I am up to the narrative of matan torah ...
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Why no argument between Bet Shamai & Bet Hillel regarding how to count the Omer?

For Chanukah, Bet Shamai says that on the 1st night we start with 8 candles and each successive night one less. Bet Hillel says we start with 1 and increase each successive night. Why was there no ...
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Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?

I recently stumbled upon a page that said this: Eating Dairy Products on Shavuot Many families have a custom to eat dairy products on Shavuot. As noted above, Darkei Teshuva questions this ...
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Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana L'Ilon / Shavuos - Yom Din L'Peiros

On Tu B'Shvat, which is Rosh Hashana L'Ilon, the new year for trees (Rosh Hashana 2a) – there is a custom to eat fruits of the tree. On Shavuos, which is Yom Din, judgment day, for fruits of the tree (...
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Non-statutory Torah service

Is it possible to have a "stand-alone" Torah service, not connected to a statutory prayer? I saw this done on Shavuot once, where some people who slept through davening convened a minyan solely for ...
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What did Bnei Yisrael experience at Matan Torah?

I'm having trouble understanding what the Israelites actually experienced at the Revelation at Mt Sinai. Did they all see God? Did they all hear Him? Did they all understand Him? Did they hear all of ...
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Why isn't Shavuot celebrated on a Sunday as the Torah says?

Why is Shavuot celebrated today [Wednesday] instead of on the "day after the sabbath" as the Torah says (Lev. 23:15,16)? Passover is a movable holiday, but according to Leviticus 23, both the Feast ...
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How is repeating what Bnei Yisrael did somehow a “correction”?

According to this answer, it seems as though staying up late is somehow a correction for Bnei Yisrael sleeping late. I've heard it explained that they thought nevua would only come while they are ...
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Staying Up Shavuos Night and Yom Tov Halacha [duplicate]

There is a Halacha in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 529:1 that one is supposed to break up his Yom Tov into halves: Half to Hashem and half to himself. The Mishna Berura there elaborates and gives ...
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Coffee and the Source for Reason for Staying Up for Shavuos

In a fascinating article , Elliot Horowitz credits the introduction of coffee for the spread of the custom of staying awake at night. In the 15th century, the drinking of coffee originated in Yemenite ...
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How did the triennial torah reading fulfill the takanas Ezra?

Ezra declared that the curses in Vayikra be read before Shavuos and those in Devarim before Rosh HaShanna (megillah 31b), how was that accomplished by those in Eretz Yisrael who had a triennial system ...
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Pirkei Avot cycle in Israel when Pesach starts on Shabbat [duplicate]

In 5775, Pesach begins on Shabbat. While those outside Israel observe the 8th day of Pesach on Shabbat, in Israel, because there is no 8th day of Pesach, it will be a "regular" Shabbat. This means ...
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Does one mourn during the days following Shavuot?

We say the four verses starting "Yehi Shem" (instead of Tachanun) after Shavuot because of the bringing of the Korbanot. Does this have any impact on mourning after Shavuot?
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Is there an inyan to eat Cheesecake on Shavuos?

I know everybody does it, and I know there is an inyan to eat dairy, but is there an inyan specifically for eating cheesecake on Shavuos? And if so, where does it come from?
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Why do children wear crowns on Shavuot?

Here in Israel, the tradition is for young children to wear flower crowns to celebrate Shavuot. (Along with the obligatory white shirts.) See my twins: Why is this? Is it related to Shabbat 88A ?? ...
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Why is Shavuos all alone?

Why is it that, out of the 16 days of non-High Holiday biblical festivals (7 days of Pesach + 1 day of Shavuos + 7 days of Sukkos + 1 day of Shemini Atzeres), only the single day of Shavuos is without ...
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Two days for Shavuot [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Second day of Shavous I understand the basis for celebrating two days for all yamim tovim outside of the land of Israel, and for celebrating two days for Rosh haShana even ...