Shavuot

To celebrate the Jewish holiday Shavuot, we offer you this playlist to listen to...




Considered as one of the high holidays from the Jewish calendar, like Rosh Ha-Shana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot or Pessah, Chavuot is particuliar holiday. First of all its date is not mentioned in the Torah: it is simply written in the Book of Leviticus that it takes place seven weeks after the 2nd day of Pessah. We should therefore count the days and weeks, and this gave the name Chavuot which means “weeks” in Hebrew.
This countdown is linked to the counting of the Omer, which is an amount of barley that was offered in the Temple of Jerusalem. For this, Chavuot is one of the three pilgrimage holidays (Pessah, Sukkot and Shavuot), which took place in the Biblical Israel from the beginning of spring until the end of the harvest period in fall.

Another peculiarity is linked to Chavuot: it is the reading given in the synagogue of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai as it appears in chapters XIX and XX of the Book of Exodus. Several customs take place: stay awake on the night of the holiday (Tikoun Leil Chavouot), eat milk products, read the Book of Ruth as well as Hazharot, (paraphrases of the 10 commandments) and Hakdamot (introductive sections of the Mishna written by Maïmonide [1138-1204]).
In the Kibboutzim, from the 1920’s until the creation of the state of Israel, Chavuot which was linked to the harvest time was the occasion to have celebrations with songs from the pioneers.

Listen to the EIJM’s radio show dedicated to Shavuot (In French)

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  • B’nei Veischo - Sholosh R’Golim

  • Lo tachmod - Yossele Rosenblatt

  • Salenou al Ktefenou

  • Hodou du Hallel - Léon Algazi & Emile Kaçman

  • Air des Akdumot - Leibele Waldman

  • Omer - Jacob Kousevitsky & Leibele Waldman

  • Yismah Moshe - Jo Amar

  • Tenou Oz - Didier Kassabi

  • Bnei Veischo - Chaim David

  • Yerushalayim Shel Zahav - Chava Alberstein

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