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Shavuot

The holiday of Shavuot begins on Saturday night, June 4th. Shavuot has its roots as an agricultural holiday and is a celebration of the receiving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments. You can read more about Shavuot here
 
One of the many customs on Shavuot is to participate in a Tikkun Leil Shavuot - that is to stay up all night to study Torah. In honor of the tradition of staying up all night, we had an all-school pajama day today! Another fun tradition on Shavuot is to eat dairy products. Thanks to Dairy Hill Ice Cream, we were able to honor this tradition by eating ice cream sandwiches. 
 
Finally, to honor the holiday’s ancient observance of making an offering of the first fruits of the harvest, our middle school students engaged in the important mitzvah of providing food for the hungry. Together, we packed 154 bags for the Backpack Project which provides weekend foods for children at risk of hunger. 
 
Chag sameach and Shabbat shalom!