Of all the Jewish holidays celebrated throughout the year, Shavuot is one of the most interesting, varied, and disputed holidays. Shavuot falls on the 6th day of the Jewish month of Sivan, which usually occurs in late May or early June. The holiday officially commemorates the day that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
According to Legend, King David was born and died on the holy day of Shavuot. Some Jews will celebrate it with a trek to Jerusalem for a day of solemn prayer. Jewish people living in Israel generally only celebrate Shavuot for one day, but those who live outside Israel will often hold two-day Shavuot celebrations.
Shavuot is also connected with the grain harvest season. In Israel, barley is typically harvested around the time of Passover, and the wheat harvest falls around the time of Shavuot. Jewish people typically honor Shavuot by eating a lot of dairy food. One explanation for this is that prior to Moses receiving the commandments from God, the Jews had no instruction on how to properly prepare animal meat for consumption. Cheese Blintzes, Cheesecake, and other cheese items are often eaten on Shavuot. Continue reading