Daily Israel Report

Judaism: The Temple Institute on Shavuot

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.
Published: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 9:07 AM


Intimately connected to the land of Israel, Shavuot is the festival of the bringing of the first-fruits to the Holy Temple.

Shavuot is also the anniversary of the Sinai revelation and the receiving of Torah by Israel, and since the destruction of the Holy Temple the emphasis of Shavuot has been Torah study.

Ultimately, Torah study and the bringing of the first-fruits are both expressions of the centrality of Torah in our lives.

When we build the Holy Temple we best exemplify the fulfillment of Torah in this world by the bringing of the first-fruits.