Shavuos is the culmination of the seven-week-long “Counting of the Omer” that occurs following Pesach. The very name “Shavuos” means “weeks,” in recognition of the weeks of anticipation leading up to the Har Sinai experience. Shavuos commemorates Hashem giving the Torah to B’nei Yisrael. During the holiday prayer services, we read the story of the Revelation on Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. On the second day of Shavuos, we read Megillas Rus.

It is appropriate to read the Book of Ruth on Shavuos for two reasons: First, because Shavuos is also known as Chag HaKatzir, the harvest festival. Megillas Rus gives us a picture of how the poor were treated in the harvest season with sympathy and love. Secondly, Shavuos is the birthday and day of the passing of King David, the great-grandson of Ruth and Boaz. In the Book of Ruth, we are shown the origin of the House of David – and how King David was the great-grandson of Ruth and Boaz. When we read Megillas Rus, we recognize that Ruth is Eim HaMalchus – the Mother of the Kingdom. She is also the quintessence of a true convert: On Shavuos, we recognize that just as we accepted the Torah, converts to Judaism accepted it, as well, at Har Sinai.

Since there is a special connection between Shavuos and David HaMelech, many have the custom to read the entire book of T’hilim during this time (Ben Ish Chai, BaMidbar).

In T’hilim, David HaMelech declares: “They [mitzvos] are more desirable than paz (gold).  In Hebrew, the letters “p-a-z” have the numerical value of 87. Eighty-seven is the number of mitzvos that can possibly be performed nowadays without the Beis HaMikdash. They include the observance of the holidays, performance of a bris milah, chupah ceremonies, loving a friend, giving tz’dakah, reciting the Sh’ma, putting on t’filin, saying Birkas HaMazon, observing Shabbos, learning Torah, etc. Shavuos is a great time to improve one’s observance of mitzvos.


List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

 Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

 Yonasan Chaim ben Yocheved

Nisan ben Shoshanah

Eliyahu Igor ben Rachel Raya

Hillel ben Orah Brachah

Gavriel ben Frida

Ben-Tzion Yoel ben Blume

Yitzchak Meir ben Chanah Kresel

Shmuel ben Etta Ettel

Ilan ben Sarah

Rafael Chayim Meir ben Sima Chasha



Mindel Esther Malkah bas Elka

Sarah bas Miriam

Avigayil bas Chavivah

Malkah Marina bas Miriam Bertha

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Mitali Naomi bas Gilah Farcha

Miriam Chayah bas Sarah

Orah bas Devorah Chayah

Adinah Rivkah bas Sharon

Blume bas Ethel Rivkah

Perel Rachel bas Chanah Mindel

Esther bas Sima

Avivah bas Tziporah

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