The Idiots Guide to Shavuot

“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh Sabbath you shall count, fifty days… You shall convoke on this very day — there shall be a holy convocation for yourselves — you shall do no laborious work; it is an eternal decree in your dwelling places for your generations.

And you shall eat enough cheesecake to open a small dairy factory in your stomach.” 

-Leviticus 21:15-16, 21

Or something like that.  Recognize this passage?  That’s right, everybody, it’s Shavuot, the most uncreatively named festival on the Jewish calendar.


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