The Festival of Shavuot

Shavuot 2020 

Shavuot 2020 is celebrated from sunset on Thursday, May 28 until nightfall on Saturday night, May 30. Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and is one of the three biblical holidays where every Jew would go up to Jerusalem.

Shavuot is a very holy day when we refrain from all work and travelling and focus inward on receiving the Torah. We may have been given the Torah 3,332 years ago but we are consistently working on internalizing and truly receiving all aspects of the Torah. It is celebrated by lighting candles, holiday prayers, festive meals with kiddush and hamotzie,  learning Torah, the reading of the Ten Commandments, the Book of Ruth, feasting on dairy foods and more.

We are permitted to carry on Shavuot and cook from a pre-existing flame. This year the second day of Shavuot is Shabbat, and therefore all food must be cooked before the Shabbat begins on Friday evening. In order to be allowed to cook from one day of the holiday to the next we make an "Eiruv Tavshilin" (permission to cook) prior to the Holiday.

Eruv Tavshilin

This year, because the second day of the holiday is Shabbat, we must make an eruv tavshilin on the day preceding the holiday (Thursday afternoon), so that we will be permitted to prepare for Shabbat (cooking as well as any other necessary preparations) on the holiday. Only one eruv is required per household. 

This eruv consists of a challah or matzah, and a cooked food, such as meat, fish, or an unpeeled hard-boiled egg.

Take the food items (it is a good idea to wrap them in aluminum foil, or another distinctive packaging, to easily keep them apart from the rest of the foods in your home), and give them to another person (if possible an individual who is a non-dependant), and say:

“I hereby grant a share in this eruv to anyone who wishes to participate in it and to depend on it.”

The one holding the food raises it a hand breadth, and then returns it to the person making the eruv, who then recites the following:

“Blessed are you, L-rd our G‑d, king of the universe, who has sanctified us with his commandments, and commanded us concerning the mitzvah of eruv”

Through this [eruv] it shall be permissible for us to bake, cook, put away a dish [to preserve its heat], kindle a light, prepare, and do on the holiday all that is necessary for Shabbat — for us and for all the Israelites who dwell in this city.

The eruv is put away until Shabbat, when it is eaten. In many communities, it is customary to use the challah or matzah as one of the two loaves of bread used at the Shabbat meal.

Important notes:

•The eruv tavshilin only allows food preparations if the food will be ready with ample time remaining before Shabbat; enough time to theoretically allow the food to be consumed before sunset (if a troop of guests happens to trudge in to your home). This is an imporant detail to bear in mind when preparing the cholent, which cooks on the stove until the following day.

•The eruv tavshilin only allows one to cook on Friday for Shabbat.

 •On holidays it is only permissible to cook from a pre-existent flame, one that is burning since the onset of the holiday.


Shavuot 2020 Schedule

(Times specified are for NYC)

 

Eve of Shavuot, Thursday, May 28


Reminder: Did you make an Eiruv Tavshillin?*

It is customary to place a few coins in a Tzedakah box.

Light candles at 8:00 pm 

Note: On holidays that coincide with weekdays, you are permitted to light later but only from a pre-existing flame.

Light your candles before making the blessing.

Wave your hands in a welcoming motion 3x and then cover your eyes. Recite the blessing while your eyes are covered.

The Blessings

“Boruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha'olam asher kidishonu bimitzvotav vi-tzee-va-nu li-had-lik ner shel Yom tov.”

)Translation:) Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the holiday light.

Boruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech haolam  sheh-heh-heh-yeah-nu vi-kee-yeh-mah-nu vi-hi-gi-yah-nu lizman ha-zeh.”

(Translation:) Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.​​​​ 

The time of candle-lighting is considered particularly auspicious for personal  prayers.

Holiday Evening Services at home

Take your time and enjoy the prayers. 

Yom Tov Dinner:

Make Kiddush over wine or grape juice.

Wash your hands ritually and make the Hamotzie blessing over two challahs.

Enjoy a delicious dinner. 

Share a Torah thought. 

Sing your favorite Jewish Songs.

Birchat Hamazon (Grace after meals.) Add the prayer "Yale v'Yava"

There is a custom to remain awake on this night and study Torah.

 

Shavuot Day 1, Friday, May 29 

Holiday Prayers (Prayers for Shalosh Regalim) - Take your time and enjoy the prayers.

Read over the Torah Reading especially the The Ten Commandments

Conclude the morning and Musaf prayers.

Holiday Festive Meal: with Kiddush over wine and Hamotzie over two challahs.

Shavuot Dairy meal - It is customary to eat dairy as the first meal after hearing the Ten commandments.

After waiting for an hour you may eat a meat meal.

Share a Torah thought.

Sing your favorite Jewish Songs.

Birchat Hamazon (Grace after meals) with Yala V’yava prayer.

Holiday Afternoon Service/Mincha 

Make sure all your food for Shabbat is cooked and pre-heated before lighting your candles.

Light candles before 8:01 From a pre-existing flame.

Because this is also the Shabbos, you must light on time!

Light your candles from a pre-existing flame before making the blessing.

Do not light candles after sunset. Shabbat has begun and we may night touch matches or candles.

Wave your hands in a welcoming motion 3x and then cover your eyes. Recite the blessing while your eyes are covered.

The Blessing

“Ba-ruch Ah-tah Ah-doh-nai Eh-lo-hei-nu Meh-lech ha-oh-lam ah-sher kee-deh-sha-nu beh-mitz-voh-tav veh-tzee-va-nu leh-had-lik neir shel Shabbat vi shel Yom tov.”

)Translation:) Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Shabbat and holiday lights.

The time of candle-lighting is considered particularly auspicious for personal  prayers.

Holiday/Shabbat Evening Services at home. Take your time and enjoy the prayers. 

Friday Night Dinner:

Make Kiddush over wine or grape juice.

Wash your hands ritually and make the Hamotzie blessing over two challahs.

Enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner. (Make sure all your food is preheated from before Shabbat.) 

Share a Torah thought. 

Sing your favorite Jewish Songs.

Birchat Hamazon (Grace after meals.) Add Yale V'yavo prayer.

Sleep Well! 

 

Shabbat and 2nd Day Shavuot, May 30

Shabbat and Holiday Prayers- Take your time and enjoy the prayers. 

Yizkor Memorial Prayer

Special Holiday Torah Reading to be found in your prayer book - 

followed by Musaf Prayer

Shabbat and Holiday Lunch

Make Kiddush over wine or grape juice.

Wash your hands ritually and make the Hamotzie blessing over two challahs.

Enjoy a delicious Shabbat and holiday lunch. 

Share a Torah thought.

Sing your favorite Jewish Songs.

Birchat Hamazon (Grace after meals). with Yale V'yavo prayer

Shabbat and Holiday Afternoon Service/Mincha

Shalosh Seudos

Maariv

9:09 pm -  Shabbat and Shavuot Holiday ends

9:30 pm -   Virtual Havdalah Service followed by a Baal Shem Tov story

on Facebook Live! Join us at

https://www.facebook.com/Chabaduppereastside/

Prepare your wine or grape juice, candle and smelling spices & join along

 

 

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

 

A few tips to preparing for Shavuot holiday:

• Before Shavuot begins make sure to turn on and off any lights you want to remain on for the holiday

• Leave your stove and oven on the temperature you want

for the holiday.

• Set your oven and refrigerator to Shabbat Mode, or turn off the lights in these appliances.

·•Light a yahrzeit candle. This can be used as your pre-existing flame.

 • Turn off your phone and computer and get ready for 48 hours of “Receiving the Torah!”