Why is it customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot? Some derive the practice directly from scripture, saying we eat dairy to symbolize the "land flowing with milk and honey" promised to the Israelites, or that "milk and honey are under your tongue" (Song of Songs 4:11). Try this custom out this year—Shavuot begins at sunset on May 23 and ends on the evening of May 25.Read more
Brush up on the basics of Shavuot.
No Jewish laws govern home practices on Shavuot, but there is a custom to eat cheese.
Some of the customs associated with Shavuot display remnants of an agricultural tradition.
Shavuot is a festival that highlights the fundamental truth of the Torah.
A revelation they'll beg for year after year.
A survey of the many explanations given for the tradition of eating milk products.
Cream cheese pancakes.
A very dairy treat.
This deliciously creamy noodle dish is a specialty of Shavuot.
Cream cheese cookies.
Traditions & Rituals
The focus of the holiday is theological.
A special reading for Shavuot.
A modern addition to Shavuot.
The all-nighter is an observance that developed on Shavuot.
The division and structure has been open to interpretation throughout history.
In all likelihood Shavuot was not celebrated until after the first Temple was built.
The nature of the festival changes over the course of time.
Shavuot takes on a new name and meaning.
Historical events and the development of mysticism leave their mark on this festival.
New ceremonies and rituals are introduced.