Shavuot Resources for You & Your Family

Posted on June 10, 2016

As you prepare for Shavuot we present you with ideas, resources and craft ideas to teach and engage your family.

Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai. It is said that every Jewish man, woman and child, was at Har Sinai when the Torah was given!  We decorate our home with greens and fresh flowers on Shavuot as a reminder of the spring harvest and korbanot of first fruits to the Beit Hamikdash. And then there’s the blintzes- traditionally it is said that the Jewish people ate dairy before receiving the Torah, as they didn’t know the laws of kashrut.  Dairy also symbolizes the ‘milk and honey’ of the Torah, and learning the Torah is a central part of Shavuot as well.  Here are some ways you and your family can bring sweetness to your home and community for Shavuot!
To read to yourself or share with a friend
Great PJ Library books about Shavuot:
A Mountain of Blintzes by Barbara Diamond Goldin
A family living in the Catskill Mountains in the 1920s works together to gather the necessary ingredients to make blintzes for Shavuot.
No Rules For Michael by Sylvia A. Rouss
While studying the Ten Commandments Michael says he would rather there were no rules, but when his teacher gives him a day without rules, Michael learns an important lesson.
Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie S. Korngold
When her preschool plans a Shavuot hike just like Moses took up Mt. Sinai, Sadie is afraid she is too little to make it to the top, and tries to think of ways to be absent. But when the day comes, she learns that anyone can climb high enough to reach God.
The Littlest Mountain by Barb Rosenstock
God realizes that the people of the world need rules to live by, and decides to speak to them from a mountaintop. Beautiful Mount Carmel, tall Mount Hermon, and majestic Mount Tabor all vie for the honor of being chosen. But little Mount Sinai is silent. Which mountain will God select?
To decorate your home or give as a gift
Vase with paper tulips
Mason jars
Craft paper
Green chenille stems
Cup holders
Spread glue all over bottom half of jar
Wrap yarn or twine around the jar
Cut out 3 tulip shapes from the same craft paper
Glue together around a pipe cleaner
Make at least 3-5 flowers for each jar
Arrange in jar
Talmud Shabbat 127a: The study of Torah is equal to the sum total of all other mitzvot
One tradition of Shavuot is to stay up all night (or as late as you can) and learn Torah. 
v  Set up study partners (chavrutot) with people who would want to learn with you
v  Focus learning on something relevant and practical to your everyday life
v  Help a friend study for finals!
·        Buy fresh flowers for patients in hospitals and nursing homes
·        Start a campaign that encourages honoring one’s parents
·        Send religious articles or books to Jews in the U.S. military
·        Donate your leftover flowers to shelters, hospitals or nursing homes
·        Organize Torah study in smaller communities for Jews who don’t have access to such programs
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