n. A Jewish holiday celebrating the anniversary of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai and the first harvest of spring.
"I got everything ready for Shavuot: cheesecake, my shiur, and three cold brews to help me stay up all night."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb. שָׁבוּעוֹת shavu'ot (originally meaning 'weeks', from the fact that Shavuot is the culmination of the seven weeks of the Omer) > Yid. שבֿועות shvues
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
Shavuos, Shvuos, Shvues, Shvies, Shvios, Shevuos, Feast of Weeks, Festival of First Fruits
On Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy and read the Book of Ruth in synagogue.
Also called Feast of Weeks or Festival of First Fruits.
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