Pentecost (Shavuot)

In the Old Testament Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the Passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.

In the new covenant of the Messiah, the Passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the “exodus” of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God. And in the New Testament as well, the Pentecostal feast is fulfilled and made new by the coming of the “new law,” the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Disciples of Christ.

On Pentecost we have the final fulfillment of the mission of Jesus Christ and the first beginning of the messianic age of the Kingdom of God mystically present in this world in the Church of the Messiah. For this reason the fiftieth day stands as the beginning of the era which is beyond the limitations of this world, fifty being that number which stands for eternal and heavenly fulfillment in Jewish and Christian mystical piety: seven times seven, plus one.

All over Israel, it is considered the “holiday of Harvest”. Its name comes from the old custom of bringing a part of your harvest as gift to God. One of the customs still remaining until this day is the study of the Torah all night long during this holiday. Across the country you will find groups of men studying and discussing Torah throughout the night.

It is also accepted to eat dairy products and honey, to celebrate the land of Israel and its produce.
One will find that Pentecost is also the best time to visit Israel- when spring gradually turns into summer, all outdoor activities and festivals take place across the country and you will find how beautiful Israel is all dressed up for the holiday.