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Shavuot


    This festival is also known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. The festival falls exactly fifty days after Passover. This is why it is called "Pentecost" meaning fiftieth.

    The festival usually falls in May or early June. The festival originally marked the end of the barley harvest and the first fruits were offered to God in the Temple. Later on it also was to celebrate the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai to Moses.

    The synagogue is decorated with flowers and a special service is held.

    Usually the foods that are eaten at Shavuot are dairy foods. The first meal of the day is based on milk and cheese and cream. The second meal meat.

    Dairy products are in abundance as the goats, sheep and cows are all able to graze on the new spring grass therefore producing more milk.

    Some experts say that they did not eat but fasted before they received the Ten Commandments and so therefore they were very hungry and instead of taking time to prepare a meal they drank milk.

    Another reason was that when they returned to the camp their milk had turned sour and separated which is the first step in cheese-making.


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