Shavuot literally means “weeks,” so named because the festival is exactly seven weeks (plus one day) from the second night of Passover. It is also called Festival of First Fruits, Hag HaBikkurim, Pentecost, and the Feast of Weeks. This feast, one of three pilgrimage festivals – the other two are Sukkot and Passover – marked the end of the barley and beginning of the wheat harvest. In ancient times, it was probably a midsummer festival taken over from the Canaanite
We rejoice in this blessed time of Shavuot.
May everyone have a bountiful harvest.
(The Candles are lit.)
Barukh ha-or ba-olam
Barukh ha-or ba-adam
Barukh ha-or ba-shavuot
Radiant is the light in the world
Radiant is the light within people
Radiant is the light of Shavuot
B’rukhim hamotziim lehem min haaretz.
Blessed are those who bring forth bread from the earth.