Israel

Children learn about the Shavuot Holiday 

Children at the Chamah day care centers learned about the holiday and took part in special activities around the holiday theme and its customs



In honor of the Shavuot holiday, children at the Chamah daycare centers in Israel participated in special activities and learned about the holiday and its customs. One such custom is to eat dairy products. The children learned about how cows produce milk and the tradition of eating dairy on Shavuot, and then they got to make their own delicious dairy pastries.

Shavuot is the holiday when we come together to commemorate the remarkable event that took place over 3300 years ago—our receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. This momentous occasion has shaped our identity as the "People of the Book," and entrusted us with carrying the torch of morality and justice to the whole world.

During Shavuot, we reflect on the significance of this ancient milestone which serves as a reminder of our rich heritage and the timeless wisdom contained within the Torah. These values and teachings have guided our people throughout history, inspiring us to lead lives of purpose, compassion, and righteousness.

Eating dairy on Shavuot is a tradition with several explanations. One reason is that the Israelites, after receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai, had just learned the kosher laws. As a result, they ate dairy since their meat utensils were not yet kosher. 

Another reason is that the Hebrew word for milk, "chalav," has a numerical value of 40, representing the 40 days Moses spent on Mount Sinai receiving the Torah. This custom highlights the purity and richness of the Torah.




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