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Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, marks the day the Torah was given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. Bikkurim are given as offerings, as in this picture from Nahalal, Israel in 2006.
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Sivan (Hebrew: סִיוָן, Standard Sivan Tiberian Sîwān ; from Akkadian simānu, meaning "Season; time") is the ninth month of the civil year and the third month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a spring month of 30 days. Sivan usually falls in May–June on the Gregorian calendar.
Holidays in Sivan
6 Sivan - Shavuot
Sivan in Jewish history
1 Sivan - (2105 BCE) - Flood Waters Recede
- 150 days after the rains stopped in the Great Flood, the raging waters which covered the entire earth calmed down at the rate of one cubit every four days (Genesis 8:3; Rashi), ibid.
1 Sivan - (1096) - Worms Jews Massacred
- At the end of a week in which a group of Jews took refuge in a local castle in Worms, Germany, the crusaders massacred them during their morning prayers. (see "Iyar in Jewish History" for Iyar 8.)
6 Sivan - (1760) - Death of Baal Shem Tov
- The 20th of Sivan is the anniversary of the first blood libel in France. On 20 Sivan, 1171, tens of Jewish men and women were burned alive in the French town of Blois on the infamous accusation that Jews used the blood of Christian children in the preparation of matzah for Passover.