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                                      Shavuot 5784/2024



                              TIKUN LEIL SHAVUOT

                            TEEN TIKUN LEIL SHAVUOT

                                     TORAH IN A FLASH

                                     SHAVUOT BBQ

                           Shavuot Scholar in Residence


                              YIWH YOUTH SHAVUOT

  • Maariv and Kiddush on the eve of Shavuot is delayed until after Tzeit HaKochavim  (complete nightfall) in order to complete the 49 day Sefirah count.
  • On the first day, after the Kohen is called to the Torah, Akdamut is recited. On the second day, after saying the first two sentences of the Haftorah, our custom is to recite Yetziv Pitgam.
  • It is customary to decorate the synagogue and home with greenery for Shavuot.
  • It is customary to eat dairy on Shavuot.
  • There is a custom to stay awake and study Torah on the first night of Shavuot. For those people who follow this practice, there are a number of points to bear in mind if one has not slept at all:
    • The blessings of Al Netilat Yadayim and Asheir Yatzar may only be said after going to the bathroom.
    • The blessings on Torah Study, Al Mitzvat Tzitzit, Alokai Neshama and Hamavir Shaina should not be recited. Rather one should hear someone else (who has slept during the night) to say them and intend to fulfill their obligation by listening to the recitation of the blessings. (The individual who is saying the blessings must also have in mind to allow the listeners to fulfill their obligation through recitation).
    • Sephardim, however, do recite Al Mitzvat Tzitzit, Alokai Neshama and Hamavir Shaina in their proper order and the blessing on Torah Study is recited at the ‘dawn’ of a new day (at Alot Hashachar 3:23 AM). If one is learning at that time, s/he should stop for a moment, recite the berachot and then continue.
  • Megillat Rut is read on the second day of Shavuot during the morning. Some Sephardim and others have the custom of reciting the entire book of Tehilim, as well as read Megillat Rut, and read the Azharot before Mincha.

  • Making the second day of Yom Tov early at Plag HaMincha accomplishes a number of goals. It allows us to enjoy a much earlier Yom Tov dinner with our families and young children as well as avoids possible violations of the prohibition of preparing from one day of Yom Tov for the next. If we were to wait until complete nightfall to bring in Yom Tov, no preparation for the meal (cooking, setting table, etc.) would be permitted until after 9:18 PM, delaying the meal until well after 9:30 PM. Thus, by following the below method, all meal preparations for the evening meal, including cooking and setting the table, can be done anytime during the 1st day of Shavuot (Wednesday June 12, 2024).
  • Mincha will be promptly at 6:30 PM (before Plag HaMincha).
  • This will be followed by Maariv at 6:51 PM (after Plag HaMincha), after which individuals should head home promptly to begin their meals.
  • Yom Tov candles should be lit AFTER 6:51 PM (Plag HaMincha) and BEFORE reciting Kiddush.
  • The Yom Tov night meal should begin without delay shortly after Plag HaMincha (6:51PM) with the aim of beginning the main course before Shkiya (sunset, 8:26 PM).
  • All food prepared and warmed during the day on Sunday should be tasted before Shkiya (sunset), 8:26 PM.
  • Yahrzeit candles should be lit after 9:18 PM.


Thu, June 20 2024 14 Sivan 5784