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The shavuot

The Shavuot

By Steven Wojtan, Chris Greene, Corey Mahoney, Nick the Cool Perna


Origin of the shavuot

Origin of the Shavuot

  • Shavuot is the combination of 2 significant religious observances

  • Origins in an ancient grain harvest festival (ritual for one of 3 pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel, where Israelite men would appear before God in Jerusalem and had to bring offerings of their harvests first fruit.

  • Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai (a covenant between Israel and God and the assumption of Devine Law)

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Origin of the Shavuot

  • Shavuot means weeks

  • Marks the completion of the 7 weeks between Passover and Shavuot

  • Shavuot is the commemoration of the beginning of the Israelites spiritual life as a people.

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Origin of the Shavuot

  • Celebrated 7 weeks after Pesch (Passover)

  • Shavout takes place 50 days after Seder

  • Tradition to eat milk and cheese in celebration of Shavuot

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Purpose of the shavuot

Purpose of the Shavuot

  • A celebration of the giving of the Torah on mount Sinai

  • Originally celebrated the first harvest of the season

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Purpose of the Shavuot

  • Celebrated by:

    • Studying the Torah all night long

    • Festive Meals

    • Not doing work

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Shavuot in scripture

Shavuot in Scripture

  • Shavuot is the only Jewish festival not given an exact date in the bible

  • It is referred to as the festival of weeks in scripture

  • Each year the book of Ruth is read on Shavuot as it’s stories pertain to a harvest

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Shavuot in Scripture

  • Exodus 34:22 states “And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, even of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the turn of the year”

  • In this passage God calls the Israelites to celebrate the beginning of harvest season

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Shavuot in Scripture

  • God also asks for the feast of weeks to be celebrated in Deuteronomy 16:10

  • Numbers 28:16 states that fruits should be dedicated to the Lord at the beginning of harvest season

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Shavuot in Scripture

  • Shavuot has come to celebrate the giving of the 10 commandments

  • Exodus 20:1-17 list the Ten Commandments

  • In total, 613 commandments were given

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Shavuot in Scripture

  • Shavuot also celebrates the giving of the Torah

  • The Torah is the first five books of the bible

  • It is traditional to study the Torah on the day of Shavuot

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Shavuot in Scripture

  • The Talmud refers to Shavuot as “Pentecost” because it occurs 50 days after Passover

  • It also refers to Shavuot as “Atzeret” which means “holding back”

  • Jews were forbidden from working on Shavuot

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Relationship to christian liturgical practices

Relationship to Christian Liturgical Practices

  • Shavuot is similar to Pentecost in that as Moses started a Jewish nation, Pentecost started a Christian Nation

  • On Shavuot no work is permitted, just like on the Sabbath or Sunday for the Christians

  • As the Ten Commandments were given to the Jews this day, they were also given to Christians on this day

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Relationship to Christian Liturgical Practices

  • Shavuot relates to the sacrament of Reconciliation in that it freed the Hebrews from Idolatry

  • Reconciliation is like being freed from Idolatry because it stops us from worshipping the false god of sin

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Relationship to christian liturgical practices2

Relationship to Christian Liturgical Practices

  • Shavuot can also relate to the sacrament of the Eucharist because when celebrating Shavuot there is a great feast, just like Communion

  • The Eucharist also relates to Shavuot because on Shavuot bread is presented to the temple and bread is the substance which is turned into the body of Christ

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Relationship to Christian Liturgical Practices

  • The sacrament of the Eucharist is similar to Shavuot because it is like the milk and honey in the promised land, the Eucharist gets us to the promised land

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