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Your Shavuot Questions Answered

Kyla S., Culture Editor

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The Jewish Holiday of Shavuot is coming up, which for most of us here at TVT means NO SCHOOL! However, the holiday is more than no school and ice cream.

 

What is Shavuot?

Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah, all the laws and mitzvot given at Mount Sinai. Originally it was the festival of harvest, but overtime it became the day to celebrate the gift of the Torah.

 

What school days do I have off?/ When is Shavuot this year (2017)?

This year Shavuot starts the night of May 30 and ends June 1 at night.

 

Why do we eat dairy?
            After the Torah was given, the law of Kosher was given. However, the Jews didn’t know how to properly slaughter the animals so that they wouldn’t experience any pain. Instead of disobeying the law, they became vegetarians until they went into Israel and properly learned how to slaughter the animals. So that’s why we get to eat ice cream, cheesecake, and all that good stuff.

 

Why is it a custom to stay up all night?

Believe it or not, the day the Jews were given the Torah they slept in and were late. So in order to make sure that we aren’t “late” to Shavuot we don’t even go to sleep! Staying up all night is a custom and a great time to listen to the Torah being studied and hang out with friends.

So that’s the basics of Shavuot, and now you can impress your friends and family with your Shavuot knowledge.

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