How to Observe Shavuot

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the sixth day of the month of Sivan (late May or early June).  Shavuot is being celebrated in remembrance of the day God gave the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.

  • It is customary for women to light candles on the first and second nights of Shavuot.
  • The first day of Shavuot should be devoted to listening as the Ten Commandments is being read.
  • Participate in the morning service of Shavuot in which Akdamut is read. Akdamut’s emphasis is on loving the Torah and trusting God.
  • No work may be performed during Shavuot.
  • Join your local Jewish community and study the Torah during the entire first night of Shavuot.
  • It is customary to serve dairy foods on Shavuot. Blintzes and cheesecakes are usually served during this holiday.
  • It is also customary to read the Book of Ruth during Shavuot. There are many reasons for performing this custom. Yet, none seems to be definitive.
  • Participate in the Yizkor memorial service done on the second day of Shavuot.

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