שָׁבוּעוֹת
SHAVUOT










BACKGROUND

God Spoke to you from the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but you saw no form -- only sound. God told you of God's covenant, instructing you to keep the Ten Commandments which God inscribed on two stone tablets. ~ Deuteronomy 4:12-13

Shavuot celebrates the gift of the Torah. On this day, seven full weeks after the Israelites left Egypt, the Torah states that God gave the people the Torah with its stories of their past, and the laws by which they were to live.

Shavuot is only holiday in the Torah that is not designated by a specific date on the calendar. The holiday falls after seven full weeks (50 days) from the first day of Pesach. From this, it gets its name, שְׁבוּעוֹת, meaning weeks.

Shavuot has two other names - Chag Matan Torateinu (the festival of giving of the Torah) and Chag Habikkurim (the festival of the first fruits). In the time of The Temple, over 2000 years ago, Shavuot was celebrated by bringing the best of the first fruits to Jerusalem. The offereing of the first fruits was seen as a token of gratitude to God for providing a bountiful harvest.

On Shavuot, it is customary to eat a dairy meal. One reason for this is that the midrash states that with the final rush to receive the Torah, those at Mt. Sinai only had time to prepare a dairy meal (in those days, it took a long time to prepare meat with slaughtering, skinning, and other preparations). Song of Songs says: "Sweetness drops from your lips, O bride; Honey and milk are under your tongue" (4:11).
Other customs observed on Shavuot:
  • A night of study, tikkun leil Shavuot.
  • Reading the Book of Ruth
  • A time for young Jews to renew their commitment to God and the Jewish people (Confirmation)


Shavuot materials that can be downloaded and printed:
Right click on the image and copy it. Paste the image into a new document. You can resize this image. Print. Or click on the pdf icon and download the document and then print.

Vocabulary

Ten pages of Shavuot vocabulary.
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Shavuot QRs

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Megillat Ruth - a booklet

This black / white booklet tells the story of Ruth. Copy two-sided copies, cut the the pages in half - you now have two booklets. Fold each booklet and staple. If you'd like the booklet with the names in Hebrew, let us know.
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Standing Together at Sinai: A Shavuot Game

Seven weeks after our miraculous escape from Egypt, we (the Israelites, eventually to be called: Jews) stood together at the foot of Mt. Sinai to hear God and receive an incredible gift - the Ten Commandments. Standing Together at Sinai: The Shavuot Game focuses on our experiences in the wilderness, helping us see ourselves as if we personally left Egypt and as participants in the awesome experience together at Mt. Sinai.



NEW FOR 2014 - Same great questions but a brand new format -- Standing Together at Sinai: A Shavuot Card Game

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For directions and game cards, click on pdfs below.


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For directions, game cards, slave cards, and puzzles. click on the link below.





Spring Holidays

Your students will review the various spring holidays with these 11" x 17" posters.


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Shavuot Game

This game is played like Candyland. Players pick a card and move to the matching color or picture. The game ends when each player reaches the end of the game board.
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10 Commandments booklet

This booklet includes each of the commandments in Hebrew, English and transliteration. Print the pictures and glue them on the matching commandment.
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Sefirat HaOmer, Daily Counting Chart

A list of the Sefirat HaOmer Brachot text.
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Shavuot for Young Children



Shavuot Bibliography