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Torah and Haftarah Portions for the Month of June 2017

» June 3 - Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89); Haftarah (Judges 13:2-13:25)
» June 10 - Beha'alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16), Haftarah (Zechariah 2:14-4:7)
» June 17 - Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41); Haftarah (Joshua 2:1-2:24)
» June 24 - Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32); Haftarah (I Samuel 11:14-12:22)

Jewish Holiday in June 2017

May 31-June 1 (Sivan 6-7) Shavuoth, the Festival of Weeks, is the wheat harvest, defined by 7 weeks after Passover (which was the Barley Harvest.  It is one of the three Pilgrimage Holidays (Passover and Sukkoth are the other two). The instructions to celebrate Shavuoth appear in the Torah in:  

Exodus 23:16 - And the festival of the reaping of the first fruits of your workings that you seeded in the field...
Exodus 34:22 - And the festival of Weeks [Shavuoth] you will make for yourself with the first fruits of the reaping of wheat...
Leviticus 23:15 - You will count for yourself from the day after the Sabbath from the day of your bringing the Omer [sheaf of wheat] for a wave-offering for seven Sabbaths, complete they will be.
Deuteronomy 16:10 - You will make a Festival of Shavuoth for YHVH your Elohim, a measure of the free-will of your hand
Deuteronomy 16:16 - Three times in the year all of your males will appear before YHVH your Elohim in the place that He chose: with the Festival of the Unleavened Breads, and with the Festival of the Weeks...

Shavuoth became associated with the receipt of the Torah at Sinai.  There's no direct reference to this in the Torah, but it is now part of our tradition, celebrated by studying Torah all night.  There are no traditional Shavuoth foods per se, although it is customary to have a dairy meal.  The rabbis taught that at the time we received the laws of Kosher in the Torah, our ancestors could not eat the meat they had because it was non-Kosher, so they must have eaten dairy meals until they could kasher an appropriate animal.

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