Feast Of Weeks
The Feast of Weeks, also known as Shavuot in Hebrew, is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated seven weeks (or 50 days) after the second day of Passover. It is one of the three pilgrimage festivals in the Jewish calendar, along with Passover and Sukkot.
The Feast of Weeks has both agricultural and historical significance. Agriculturally, it marks the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest in ancient Israel. Historically, it commemorates the giving of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai and the establishment of the covenant between God and the Jewish people.
During the holiday, Jews traditionally read the Book of Ruth, which tells the story of a Moabite woman who converted to Judaism and became the great-grandmother of King David. The Book of Ruth is seen as a symbol of the acceptance of the Torah by the Jewish people and the importance of kindness and compassion in Jewish life.
The Feast of Weeks is celebrated with special prayers, Torah readings, and festive meals featuring dairy foods such as cheesecake and blintzes. It is also customary to decorate synagogues and homes with flowers and greenery to symbolize the harvest season.