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Tell It on the Mountain

A guide to all our coverage for the Shavuot holiday

Field Study: Why Shavuot is All But Ignored Across America

The holiday is a favorite among scholars, but is it too abstract to become popular among all but the most engaged or observant Jews?

On Shavuot, Finding Myself at Sinai. Again.

A convert to Judaism discusses why the sleepless, all-night study sessions make this her favorite holiday

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Shavuot and cheese, past and present

Shavuot FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Festival of Weeks

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