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How can it be that David hamelech died on shavuos and Shabbos

That David died on both Shavuos and Shabbos is not necessarily true. The source that David died on Shavuos can be found in Yerushalmi in Beitzah 11a (2:4) and Chagigah 12a (2:3), but in neither place ...
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Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?

Although many good answers exist here already, I want to provide somewhat of a more comprehensive response (as best as I can) by putting all the answers I know of in one place. There are three ...
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Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?

Rav S.R. Hirsch in the Collected Writings Vol.1 in an article entitled "The Uniqueness of the Torah" writes that the connection between Shavuos and Matan Torah is only stated in the Torah Shebaal Peh ...
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Napping on Shabbos to stay up for Shavuos

The very article you link to answers the question! It's permissible to go to sleep on Shabbat in order to be awake after Shabbat, however, one shouldn’t say that one is doing so for that purpose. [...
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Where in Tanach is Shavuot associated with Matan Torah?

As explained in שו"ת הריב"ש 96 and brought in Shulchan Aruch Harav there is no inherent connection between Shavuos and Mattan Torah. Shavuos doesn't happen on a fixed date, and Mattan Torah wasn't ...
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Why isn't Shavuot celebrated on a Sunday as the Torah says?

Good question! This question was discussed ~2,000 years ago in the Talmud in Tractate Menachot folios 65b - 66a. Multiple answers are given - with proofs from the Bible - why the "morrow after the ...
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How did the triennial Torah reading fulfil the ordninance Ezra?

They would take out a separate Sefer Torah and read the curses, in addition to the standard weekly parshah. Source: I heard it directly from a well-known rav, who based it on the Rambam Hil. Tefillah,...
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Suggestions for Shavuot all-night learning session

The Pri Eitz Chaim writes: והנה מה שראוי לקרות בליל שבועות, כדי להמשיך הכתר הנ"ל, הוא זה, שתקרא ג' פסוקים ראשונים, וג' אחרונים, מכל סדר וסדר, ואם נזדמן לו פרשה פתוחה מד' או ה' פסוקים, בין בתחלת ...
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What did people say in Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos when it didn't fall out on the 6th of Sivan?

Two basic answers exist to this question: In reality, when the calendar was decided by testimony of the new moon, this phrase probably did not exist in the prayers. Maseches Sofrim 19:4 writes: ...
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Staying up all night and suffering on Yom Tov

In Tephichas BeDevash 24 by Rav Chiya Pontromili (a Sefardi Rav from the 19th century quoted here) writes: ואף שנהגו ישראל להיות ערים בליל שבועות אפילו שחל בשבת, מכל מקום שונה ליל שבועות מליל שבת, ...
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Is there a Jewish midrash that parallels Christian tradition regarding Shavuot

Deuteronomy (33:2) states: וַיֹּאמַר, ה' מִסִּינַי בָּא וְזָרַח מִשֵּׂעִיר לָמוֹ--הוֹפִיעַ מֵהַר פָּארָן, וְאָתָה מֵרִבְבֹת קֹדֶשׁ; מִימִינוֹ, אשדת (אֵשׁ דָּת) לָמוֹ. And he said: The LORD ...
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Why is fasting not permitted in the first 12 day of Sivan?

R Eli Mansour explains here During the times of the Beth Hamikdash, those who were unable to bring their sacrifices on the day of Shavuot itself – which in Israel is celebrated only on the ...
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What did people say in Shemoneh Esrei and Kiddush of Shavuos when it didn't fall out on the 6th of Sivan?

Rav Yehoshua ibn Shu’ib, Rabbi Mordecai ben Abraham Benet, and the Mateh Moshe (Laws of Shavuot 690) explain that for this reason the more general word 'time' is used instead of the more precise 'day' ...
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Why do the “Shtei HaLechem” not play a prominent part in the davenning for Shavuos?

This question is discussed in Chevel Nachalato 8:13, where a number of contemporary Rabbis' approaches are presented. R. Avigdor Nebenzahl writes that he knows of no good answer to the question, but ...
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Is Akdomus a Dvor Shebikedushah which would require a minyan to read it?

Per letter from Rabbi Hershel Schachter dated 26 Iyar 5780, although the Minhag is only to say it B'Tzibur, it is similar to a Shabbos songs such as Ko Ribon that one may say without a Minyan.
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Non-statutory Torah service

There was a case with a group of shochtim who could not get a minyon for Shacharis on a Monday or Thursday. They were able to meet during their lunch break to have a minyon to lein. Update: Found ...
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Why isn't Shavuot celebrated on a Sunday as the Torah says?

This was the opinion of the Boethusians in the time of the second temple. This reading of the verse was rejected as it is not the interpretation of the Sages of the Mishna. The basis of the dispute is ...
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Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?

The Torah mandates "simcha" on Yom Tov. The Talmud understands "simcha" to refer to eating meat and wine. Hence, the obligation to eat meat on Yom Tov. The exact parameters of this obligation are ...
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If 1st day Shavuot occurred on Shabbat, could you begin early?

See yeshiva.org.il who writes חג השבועות יב. בליל שבועות אין מתפללין ערבית מבעו"י, אלא מאחרין להתפלל בצאת הכוכבים כדי שיהיו ימי הספירה מ"ט יום תמימות (מ"ב תצד ס"ק ד). וכן נוהגים בקהילות ...
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Tu B'Shvat - Rosh HaShana L'Ilon / Shavuos - Yom Din L'Peiros

The question was asked by the Satmer Rav quoted here. As cited there he answered The customs are indeed appropriate. On the day when trees are “judged,” we are interested in determining the ...
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Coffee and the Source for Reason for Staying Up for Shavuos

The Ta'amei Haminhagim (618) mentions this reason: The reason that we are awake all night on the night of Shavuos and are busy with (learning) Torah is because the Bnei Yisrael slept all night and ...
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Why do we read Megillas Rus on Shavuos?

First of all, Rema adds in Orach Chayim 490:9 that we read Ruth on Shavuot. Here Magen Avraham quotes Yalkut Shimoni on Ruth (596 at the end): מה ענין רות אצל עצרת, שנקראת בזמן מתן תורה? ללמדך שלא ...
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How can it be that David hamelech died on shavuos and Shabbos

The calendar you're talking about wasn't invented yet. For example, on Rosh haShanah 21a-b there is a discussion about years when both Nissan and Elul are short, whether one has to worry about the ...
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Why don't I see the minhag to put grass in shul?

While your thought, that the Vilna Gaon only prohibited trees, has become popular recently with the popularization of Christmas trees, it's not historically accurate. He prohibited greenery on Shavuot ...
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Why can't the Shtei HaLechem be baked on Shavuoth?

Pesachim 47a (with translation and elucidation from Sefaria): שאני התם דאמר קרא לכם לכם ולא לגבוה The Gemara answers: It is different there, in the case of the two loaves, as the verse says: “...
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Why is Yom Tov Seven Days? Shavuot One?

Rambam discusses the different day lengths of the three holidays in Guide for the Perplexed 3:43. Quotes are from the Friedlander translation: Sukkot The Feast of Tabernacles, which is a feast of ...
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Sadducees versus Pharisees about Shavuot

Mishlei 26 states, עֲנֵה כְסִיל, כְּאִוַּלְתּוֹ: פֶּן-יִהְיֶה חָכָם בְּעֵינָיו. "Answer a fool according to his folly." Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai was confronted with someone "...
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Coffee and the Source for Reason for Staying Up for Shavuos

The Shulchan Aruch brings (תצ"ד, ג): נוהגין הרבה להיות נעורים כל הלילה לעסוק בתורה Quoting the Zohar (מ"א שם ד"ה איתא, בשם הזהר ח"א ח, א. ח"ג צח, רע"א. ח"י שם) The Aruch HaShulchan (תצ"ד, ג) ...
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Why Does the Torah Cycle start/end on Simchat Torah?

One answer is that it is juxtaposed with the giving of the Torah - but the giving of the second Tablets on Yom Kippur, not the first tablets on Shavuos. This is explained at length in several places ...
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Why no argument between Bet Shamai & Bet Hillel regarding how to count the Omer?

Chanuka is inherently connected to Sukkot where the Musaf offering includes a "countdown" of bulls. Sefirat HaOmer, on the other hand, is a biblical command to count 50 days from the offering of the ...
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