Shavuot
Wyatt M

Even though they don't sound alike and are celebrated in different cultures, Shavuot and Thanksgiving both honor the harvest. Shavuot was started by Rabbi Shlomo Risking. He made this a holiday in Jerusalem in the 15th century. It was started as an agricultural holiday. They celebrate this holiday by lighting candles, decorating with greenery, studying the Torah, attending prayer services, and reading the book of Ruth. Their special decorations are candles, greenery, andfresh flowers. On Shavuot they only eat dairy products.

Shavuot is comparable to an American Thanksgiving. Like Shavuot, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the harvest. Prayers are offered to God on these days. Families come together to celebrate byeating together, attending religious services, and decorating their homes.

Throughout time, people have celebrated agriculturalholidays that are important to people everywhere.


Shavout
By Dennis T.

According to Jewish tradition the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai on Shavout. That is why this holiday is called "Zman Matan Toratenu" - The Time of the Giving of Our Law. Shavuot, which means the Festival of Weeks, and occurs seven weeks after Passover, also commemorates the early wheat harvest in Palestine. So we decorate our homes and synagogues with flowers and greens.

Shavout has still another meaning. It is a festival of new fruits, when each man brought the first of his barley, wheat, grapes, figs, olive oil, pomegranates, and honey to the Temple in Jerusalem. There, everyone took part in the Bikkurim (First Fruits) ceremony, which has been revived in new dress in modern Israel.


Shavuot
By Caelan L.

The night before is the study to let HaShem know we want to study the torah. Shavout is 50 days after Passover . The Torah tells us that we celebrate this holiday because of the giving of the torah. In Exodus 19-20 we are told that HaShem gave us the Torah. The giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Saini. I am comparing this to Thanks giving .I picked Thanksgiving because you give thanks, eat a lot, and have a good time.


SHAVOUT
BY: Isaac W

According to the Jewish tradition, the Ten Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai on Shavout. That is why this holiday is called "Zman Matan Toratenu" the time of giving of our law. Shavout, which means the festival of Weeks, and occurs seven weeks after Passover, also commemorates the early wheat harvest in Palestine. So they decorate their homes and synagogues with flowers and greens. Shavout has still another meaning; it is the festival of new fruits, when each man brought the first of his barley, wheat, grapes, figs, olive-oil, pomegranates, and honey to the temple in Jerusalem. There, everyone took part in the Bikkurim [first fruits] Ceremony, which has been revived in new dress in modern Israel.


SHAVUOT
By David E.

Shavuot is the day were Jewish people light the torah at Mount Sinai. This holiday is celebrated each year fifty days after the Passover holiday. This is how we study this holiday we stay up all night and study the torah. The things we use to celebrate this holiday are candles and they recite blessings. The things they eat on this holiday are cheese cake cheese pie and also cheese less cheese cake and cream cheese pie.

These are some ways we both compare. Well I am going to compare thanksgiving and Shavuot. They are both the same because we both have a big feast and we both have lots of pie.


By Charlie H.

Shavuot means weeks. It celebrates the day god gave the Jewish people the torah on Mt. Sinai. On this day the Jewish people reaffirm their commitment to god. The Americans gave it the name Pentecost which meansfiftieth day. Its other names include Chag Hakatzir ( Harvest Festival), and Yom Havikkurim( First Fruits Day). It is the only holiday in the Torah which does not have a set date. Also it is one of the three pilgrimage festivals.

The holiday hasn't any activities, but you do study the Torah. In the Torah it says that on the night the Jewish people received the Torah they stayed awake late into the night. Therefore you would stay up late studying the Torah and sleep late into the next day.

You eat one meal of entirely dairy. You can't eat poultry and beef with dairy though. Fish and eggs though can be eaten with dairy. The rule about dairy is so strict that you must wait from three to six hours before eating one or the other. I think that this holiday compares best with Easter. Easter is one of the Christians major religious holidays. We eat some, but do not have major feasts.