Welcome to Ahaba.com's Shabuoth section.
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In addition, you can review the halachot regarding
this special holiday, which commemorates our receiving of the Torah from Hashem.
On the sixth of Sivan, after 49 days of the counting the Omer (seven full
weeks), the holiday of Shabuoth begins. The holiday's name, "Shabuoth", means
"weeks" in Hebrew. There are seven full weeks counted from the second day of
Pesah until Shabuoth.
It is important to learn as much as one can during this holiday, for this
holiday is the commemoration of the giving of the Torah to Bnei Yisrael. There
is no better appreciation we can show Hashem, then by learning and being
involved in His missvot.
According to our tradition, we are allowed to pray Arvit and make Kiddush even
before it becomes night on the 49th day, just as we pray arbit early during the
summer months (after Pelag HaMinha).
Why was the Torah not given immediately? Why was there a delay of seven weeks
until Matan Torah?
When Israel came out of Egypt, they had been physically crippled by strenuous
labor and hard work. In addition, Israel was also spiritually unprepared to
receive Hashem's Torah. Both these aspects affected their ability to prepare for
accepting the Torah. Therefore, they were given the misva of Sefirat Ha'Omer
(link), which for forty-nine days prepared them both physically and spiritually
for Matan Torah. Hashem said ,"Let them take pleasure in the Man (manna) and the
fresh spring water and the silav (fowl) and then I shall give them the Torah."