Definition of Shavuoth in English:


(also Shavuot)

Pronunciation: /ʃɑːvʊˈɒt//ʃəˈvuːəs/


  • A major Jewish festival held on the 6th (and usually the 7th) of Sivan, fifty days after the second day of Passover. It was originally a harvest festival, but now also commemorates the giving of the Law (the Torah).

    • ‘There are 7 holidays in the Jewish year: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot.’
    • ‘On Shavuot, the Torah waits to be received by anyone who truly desires to receive it.’
    • ‘For the freedom of Passover to lead to the cooperation, partnership, and intimacy of Shavuot, we must continue to observe and struggle with our belief that there is permanence in our world.’
    • ‘On Shavuot in the late spring, dairy-based treats are served.’
    • ‘On Shavuot, we recite Yizkor for parents, siblings, and children who have left us.’
    • ‘However, with the Shavuot approaching, we have a chance to reaccept the Torah properly, and we can accept the Mitzvot out of love.’
    • ‘This connects to the second holiday, Shavuot, on which Chazal say the Torah was given.’
    • ‘He was a great Rosh Yeshiva with 24,000 students who all died during this time, the time between Pesach and Shavuot.’
    • ‘But when she got to the last day before Shavuot and was able to say the blessing on the final day of the Omer (since she hadn't missed a single day), her face was shining!’
    • ‘It is contingent on their loyalty to the Torah, and this can be seen in many synagogues on the day of Shavuot, when a special marriage contract drawn between the Jews and the Torah is read for all to hear.’
    • ‘The Kohanim and Levites served in the Temple, and three times a year - during the holidays of Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot - all Jews were commanded to come to Jerusalem and visit the Temple.’
    • ‘For according to Jewish tradition, Shavuot is the anniversary of the revelation at Sinai, of the day the Torah was given to the Jewish people.’
    • ‘Three times a year - on Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot - we made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.’
    • ‘On the three big festivals - Passover, Shavuot and Succot - the people continue to stream to Jerusalem.’
    • ‘Every year we re-encounter the holidays - Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, etc. - and, on each round, we have the opportunity to experience and grow from the same spiritual energy that was available on that day in the past.’
    • ‘Each of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot is dedicated to examining and refining one of them.’
    • ‘Every holiday has a particular theme or themes - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are times of introspection and moral judgment, Sukkot reflects nature and its bounty, Passover commemorates freedom, Shavuot sacralizes Torah.’
    • ‘Some people also spend the first night of Shavuot studying the Torah.’
    • ‘The upcoming holiday of Shavuot commemorates the world-shaking event of the Divine revelation at Sinai.’
    • ‘Three days later, on the eve of Shavuot (the holiday that commemorates God's giving the Torah to the Jewish people), I discovered that I was pregnant.’


From Hebrew šāḇū‘ōṯ weeks, with reference to the weeks between Passover and Pentecost.