What is Shavuot?
Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that honors one of the most important events in Israel’s history: Giving the Torah to Moses at Mount Sinai. It is, however, not a so familiar holiday for many.
If you’d like to learn more and see how printables can help you teach about that holiday, keep reading.
Shavuot is the Hebrew word for Weeks.
When is Shavuot?
The Jews celebrate Shavuot seven weeks after the first day of Passover. If you count seven weeks, you’ll get 49 days. The 50th day is Shavuot. Because of that count, this holiday is also named Shavuot Pentecost, where Pentecost means fifty in Greek.
Shavuot dates for the following ten years:
Sunset May 16, 2021 – Nightfall May 18, 2021
Sunset June 4, 2022 – Nightfall June 6, 2022
Sunset May 25, 2023 – Nightfall May 27, 2023
Sunset June 11, 2024 – Nightfall June 13, 2024
Sunset June 1, 2025 – Nightfall June 3, 2025
Sunset May 21, 2026 – Nightfall May 23, 2026
Sunset June 10, 2027 – Nightfall June 12, 2027
Sunset May 30, 2028 – Nightfall June 1, 2028
Sunset May 19, 2029 – Nightfall May 21, 2029
Sunset June 6, 2030 – Nightfall June 8, 2030
Why celebrating Shavuot?
The Exodus celebrates in Passover symbolizes the physical liberation of the Jews, and the giving of the Torah signifies the spiritual redemption. Together these two events form the fulfillment of a journey and teach us that physical freedom cannot be complete without spiritual redemption.
The achievement of a complete physical and spiritual journey is the reason to celebrate Shavuot.
How to celebrate Shavuot?
In ancient times, sheaves of barley were offered daily to the holy Temple. Farmers expected Shavuot with great hope. When it lastly got here, people would bring their first fruits to the Temple with a unique ceremony.
Nowadays, many Jews celebrate Shavuot by staying up the whole night studying and learning the Torah. At synagogue services on Shavuot early morning, the Ten Commandments read as well, as individuals reaffirm their commitment to honor and follow God’s Law.
It is common to greet people with a Happy Shavuot greet. In Hebrew, it said – “Chag Shavuot Sameach.”
During the Shavuot feast, it is a tradition to eat dairy foods. There are several reasons for that tradition. Here are three of the most popular:
- The milk is the Torah, which nourishes the people as milk does for an infant.
- Israel is named the land of milk and honey in the Exodus book (3:8).
- The Israelites were considered as a newborn when they received the Torah.
Popular Shavuot foods consist of cheesecake, blintzes, as well as kugels.
The Seven Species and Shavuot.
The period between Passover and Shavuot (March-May) is the Spring. During the Spring, we move from extreme heat to cold winds. The flowering and fruiting of the seven species take place during that period.
The seven species represent seven weeks of self-improvement and preparation for receiving the Torah. During these 49 days, the Jews count the Omer, turn to God in remorse and prayer. That’s why the seven species are linked with spiritual achievement.
The seven species
Wheat – Kindness. Expanding yourself and reach for others.
Barley – Restraint. Contraction, reduction, and setting boundaries.
Grapes – Beauty. The difference between its contrary components.
Figs – Endurance. The fig tree exhibits everlasting fruitfulness.
Pomegranates – Glory. Thanks, respect, and recognition.
Olives – Foundation. Like the strong stem of the olive tree.
Dates – Kingdom. Allows everything to manifest below it.
Now that you have some idea about Shavuot let’s look at how you can use our printables to teach about this holiday.
Coloring pages are widely used in schooling young children to increase curiosity, creativity, and teaching aid. For kids, it is easier to remember images than simply words.
Our coloring pages for Shavuot consist of images and words. This way, not only do kids learn about the Shavuot holiday, but they also learn words while coloring.
Worksheets have their benefit by instructing the kids to perform a specific task. Typically, worksheets are suitable for kids who already have reading capabilities and work more independently.
Our worksheets for Shavuot consist of various tasks like reading, writing, counting, and coloring. Some come as a separate task, but on some, we combine several types of activities.
Games can be handy as an educational assistant as they inherently motivate the kids to achieve success.
Our games for Shavuot consist of Word Scramble, Word Search puzzle, Sudoku puzzle, and a maze. All of them include symbols and words related to Shavuot.
If you want more comprehensive and colorful teaching resources, check our Premium teaching resources for Shavuot.