Shavuot-celebrating the giving of the Torah

The holiday starts tomorrow night.

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Saturday night we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot means weeks as it marks the completion of 7 weeks of counting from Passover till Shavuot. It starts on Saturday night and ends Monday night. But since it’s the Sabbath we actually call it a 3 day holiday. On Shavuot we celebrate and commemorate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It’s a very happy holiday with a few nice traditions. Saturday night, after finishing the meal it’s customary for the men to stay up all night studying the Torah. All the synagogues are full. Some stay all night, some come home after a few hours. The most beautiful place to be is at the Western Wall in Jerusalem which is filled with thousands of people walking there and studying the Torah or praying.

Kotel shavuot

Credit: Im Tirzu

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