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also Sha·bu·oth  (shə-vo͞o′ōt′, -əs, shä′vo͞o-ôt′)
n. Judaism
A feast held on the sixth and seventh days of Sivan in commemoration of the revelation of the Law on Mount Sinai and the celebration of the wheat festival in ancient times. Also called Pentecost.

[Hebrew šābû'ôt, pl. of šābû'a, week, from šeba', seven; see šbʕ in Semitic roots.]


(ʃəˈvuːəs; -əʊs; Hebrew ʃavuːˈɔt) or


(Judaism) the Hebrew name for Pentecost2
[from Hebrew shābhū'ōth, plural of shābhūā' week]
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Noun1.Shavuot - (Judaism) Jewish holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten CommandmentsShavuot - (Judaism) Jewish holy day celebrated on the sixth of Sivan to celebrate Moses receiving the Ten Commandments
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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Abrabanel surmises that Ezekiel does not refer to the sacrifices on Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Shavu'ot because he only needs to mention those of Passover and Sukkot, when special offerings are made to commemorate the final redemption (on Passover) and victory in the war of Gog and Magog (on Sukkot).
Soloveitchik on Pesah, Sefirat Ha-Omer and Shavu'ot, (Jerusalem: Urim, 2005), p.
In June 1883, on the holiday of Shavu'ot, the Festival of the Giving of the Law, the remaining colonists were forced to pawn their Torah scrolls to buy food.
The initiatory ritual of kuttab simultaneously marks the `betrothal' of a five-year-old child with the girl destined for him by his parents and whom he must later marry, and his `nuptials', his union with the Torah, for the ceremony takes place on the first day of the festival of Shavu'ot which commemorates the revelation of Sinai and the `gift of the Law', and is accompanied by a first initiation into the Hebrew alphabet.
According to Jubilees, then, the name of the holiday, Shavu'ot, refers to the oath (shevu'ah) God made to Noah, as well as the weeks (shavu'ot) leading up to the festival mentioned in the Bible.