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When is a Yahrtzeit (memorial) candle lit on Shavuot?

Question: When should I light a Yahrtzeit candle on Shavuot? Answer: The Yahrtzeit candle is lit on the second day of Shavuot. On Yom Tov we may only...

Can I begin Shavout early like we do on Shabbat?

Question: Can I begin Shavuot 'early', similar to how is done with Shabbat? [Ed. 'Early' meaning that candles are lit much earlier...

Why do we read the book of Ruth on Shavuot?

1. The book of Ruth centers on the personality of, what do you know, Ruth. She in turn was the ancestor of King David, who passed away on Shavuot1 (and...

What is Yizkor?

You remain connected to those you were close to, even after they pass on. Judaism sees a dynamic relationship between family members in this life and...

Why is Yizkor recited on certain festivals?

In Yizkor, the souls of the departed are remembered in prayer to G-d and in monetary pledges to charity. It is founded upon the principle that a Mitzvah...

When is Yizkor recited?

Yizkor is recited following the morning Torah reading of: Yom KippurShmini Atzeretthe last day of Pesachthe second day of Shavuot See "How...

Why is it so important for everyone to attend synagogue on Shavuot?

If you can, you should aim to attend all the services on Shavuot. But, at the very least be sure to attend service on the first so you can hear...

Why do we eat dairy foods on Shavuot?

On Shavuot we celebrate the giving of the Torah. This gift was one of complete compassion and loving-kindness, for with the Torah we were given the tools...

Why are plants and flowers displayed in the synagogue on Shavuot?

In honor of the giving of the Torah, G-d miraculously adorned Mt. Sinai, which was situated in middle of the Sinai Desert, with greenery and vegetation....

How do I count the Omer if I cross the International Dateline?

Complicated question. First, let me elaborate on your question: Someone who crosses the International Date Line while traveling eastwards (for example,...