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Shavuʿot (Heb., ‘weeks’). The Jewish festival of Pentecost. The festival is celebrated on 6 Sivan (and 7 in the diaspora) and is one of the three pilgrim festivals (see Deuteronomy 16. 16). It falls fifty days after the first day of Passover, and it originally marked the end of the barley and the beginning of the wheat harvest. The first fruits were brought to the Temple (Deuteronomy 26. 1–11), and in rabbinic times the festival also became the anniversary of the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.

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Shavuot

Shavuot (shəvŏŏ´ət) [Heb.,=weeks], Jewish feast celebrated on the 6th of the month of Sivan (usually some time in May) in Israel and on the sixth and seventh days in the Diaspora. Originally an agricultural festival celebrating the end of the winter grain harvest (which began at Passover), Shavuot later commemorated the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai. See Pentecost.

See H. Schauss, Guide to Jewish Holy Days (1938, repr. 1970).

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Shavuoth

Shavuoth a major Jewish festival held on the 6th (and usually the 7th) of Sivan, fifty days after the second day of Passover. It was originally a harvest festival, but now also commemorates the giving of the Law (the Torah). The name comes from Hebrew šāḇū῾ōṯ ‘weeks’, with reference to the weeks between Passover and Pentecost.

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Weeks, Feast of

Feast of Weeks: see Shavuot.

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