Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Halocho #815 - When is the Shavu'ot festival?

In the Torah, Shavu'ot does not have a fixed date, but happens on the day after finishing counting 7 full weeks - 49 days - of the Omer.

Since we currently have a fixed Jewish calendar, with Nissan always 30 days long and Iyar always 29 days long, Shavu'ot is always on 6 Sivan. (In the time of the Bet HaMikdash - may it be speedily rebuilt in our time - any month could be either 29 or 30 days long, depending on when the new moon was first sighted).

Outside Israel Shavu'ot is 2 days long - 6 and 7 Sivan (8th and 9th of June, this year).

Source: Vayikra 23:15 - 19

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- Danny
Tuesday, 27 Iyar 5771 - 42nd day of the Omer

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