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May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015
Just thought you might like to know… Shavuot (Hebrew: שבועות) commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Falling seven weeks after Passover, Shavuot literally translates to “weeks,” and also marks the conclusion of the “Omer.” (The Counting of the Omer begins on the second night of Passover and continues for 49 days.) Some Shavuot customs include Torah study all-nighters and eating lots of dairy foods. (We’re looking at you, blintzes!) This year, Shavuot begins at sundown on Saturday, May 23 and ends at sundown on Monday, May 25.
Shavuot is a yom tov, which means that it has similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat. Some Jews choose to refrain from normal “work” on these days.