Shavuot, which means “weeks,” concludes the counting of the Omer, a seven-week period that falls after Passover. The Feast of Weeks is so called because it takes place after this seven-week interim; it is also known as Pentecost, which in Greek means “Fiftieth” (i.e., the fiftieth day after Passover).

Moishe’s Musings on Pentecost: Go Power
April 26, 2013
Author: Moishe Rosen

  The following is excerpted from an archived reflection by Moishe Rosen. You can read the full article here. “[Today’s] church tends to regard its congregations and religious gatherings the way the ancient Hebrews regarded the Temple at Jerusalem—as God’s official headquarters. This inaccurate interpretation leads to ineffectual methods of evangelism. No church building or […]

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So what is Pentecost-Jewish or Christian?
April 25, 2013

This year, Shavuot (the Jewish festival behind the Christian Pentecost Sunday) is May 14-15 (sundown to sundown). You can read more Jews for Jesus articles on this holiday here. Beyond that, David Brickner and Rich Robinson have written a very thorough guide to understanding this holiday and how it relates to believers in Jesus. Christ […]

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Pentecost in New York
June 1, 2011

This month marks the observance of Pentecost on both Jewish and Christian calendars. June also kicks off the New York Summer Witnessing Campaign on our Jews for Jesus calendar. I’ve been thinking about these events, and seeing Pentecost as a terrific context for our upcoming campaign. The story of Pentecost told in Acts 2 opens […]

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Shavuot Among Ashkenazi and Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews
May 1, 2010
Author: Rich Robinson

  Ashkenazi Jews* Sephardic/Mizrahi* Jews (often varies country to country). For convenience, both are referred to here as Sephardic. Pronunciation of the holiday Shavuos (to rhyme with “ya knew us”) Shavuot (to rhyme with “ah, blue boat!”) Food   Both groups typically eat dairy food during this holiday. Among the Sephardim, however, Yemenite Jews do […]

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How Much Does Pentecost?*
May 1, 2009

Pentecost. Is it a denomination? A supernatural experience? A date on a liturgical church calendar? Perhaps it is the surname of a beloved Bible scholar? Actually, Pentecost is first and foremost one of the most important and least appreciated Jewish festivals in the Bible. And since it is coming up in just 2 weeks, May […]

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The Day Pentecost Was Fulfilled*
May 29, 2008

This month, the Festival of Pentecost will slip past most Jews and Christians unnoticed; yet it is one of the three most important Festivals in the Old Testament and it marks a pivotal point in the history of Christianity. Allow me to transport you back to that event, and to the day when this festival […]

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Some Changes
June 1, 2006

It’s always good to have extra prayer for staff and branch transitions and we’ve got a few coming up. Many of you know that this year’s Summer Witnessing campaign is expanded as the capstone of our Behold Your God outreach. We will have nine campaigns running simultaneously and the outreach will include all of the […]

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Pentecost: a Holiday for Jews and Christians

Find out how the Jewish holiday Shavuot (Pentecost) became known as the birthday of the church.

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Messianic Field Guide
June 1, 2005

Many in the Body of Christ have shown great interest in Jewish believers in Jesus, the Jewish roots of Christianity etc. And many have come to us with their questions. While David Brickner’s three-part open letter may address some of these questions, we have been working on a more comprehensive look at the various aspects […]

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Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks: is it Jewish or Christian or both?

Is Shavuot a Jewish holiday or is it the birthday of the Christian church? It’s both! Find out more about the origins and the fulfillment of this biblical holiday.

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We Are Grateful…
September 1, 2004

Some of you have just begun receiving the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and some of you have been reading, praying and giving for years. To those who are new, thank you for taking an interest in our ministry and for giving us the opportunity to tell you about our mission. For those who have been […]

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Counting Down
May 1, 2004

A little boy approached me with brightness in his eyes, excitement in his voice and proudly announced, My birthday is next month. I will be five years old!” I smiled as he told me of his much-anticipated birthday. He was counting the days. That’s the kind of enthusiastic anticipation many Jewish people feel about the […]

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Shavuot (Pentecost) Links

For our own Jews for Jesus Shavuot site, see: To learn more about Shavuot from a traditional Jewish perspective, try these sites: Shavuot on the Net: Judaism 101 on Shavuot: Test your holiday knowledge with this Shavuot and Lag BaOmer Quiz: (Before you take this quiz, you can brush up on […]

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Celebrating Shavuot With the Mishpochah
May 1, 1999

A Bit of Background Shavuot begins on the evening of the sixth of Sivan. In Bible times, this holiday was an agricultural festival—a time for our people to present the firstfruits of the crops to God. It was a holiday of gratitude; of giving back to the Lord that which He had given to us. […]

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You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Serve with Jews for Jesus
Author: David Garrett

As one of the Gentile members of the Jews for Jesus staff, I appreciate the fact that one of our core values is the deployment of frontline missionaries who are Jewish or married to a Jewish believer. That core value preserves the integrity of our name and provides a distinctively Jewish story where one is […]

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Bits from the Branches
June 1, 1998

From the former Soviet Union, outreach worker Leonid Wasserman reports, One week, God blessed me with three people who prayed to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord! First, there was Evgeni Naumovich. Not long ago, he received a phone call from a relative during one of our visits. Evgeni ended the conversation quickly, saying, […]

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Crusade or Campaign?
July 1, 1995

Some Christian organizations like to describe their evangelistic efforts as crusades,” but we Jews for Jesus can’t use that word. Its origin is obscure enough that most Christians have forgotten, but those early crusades were a religious war against Turks and Jews. The Turks were well able to defend themselves, and eventually, after five crusades, […]

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Shavuot Customs
January 1, 1995

It is customary to read the Ten Commandments in the synagogue in keeping with the tradition of linking Shavuot to the Giving of the Law. We read the book of Ruth at Shavuot for three reasons. The setting of Ruth is the harvest. She became a follower of the God of Israel, just as Israel […]

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Go Power
May 1, 1985
Author: Moishe Rosen

A 1975 publication that shook up mission leaders by its very title was James Engel’s What’s Gone Wrong With the Harvest? The book exposed the fact that despite all the effort and energy put into the church’s mission of evangelism, the harvest of souls” has been sparse. We could discuss the lack of manpower, or […]

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A Story for Shevuoth
November 3, 1980
Author: Jean Zeller

I was on my way to The Land on an assignment to report on some new agricultural kibbutzim. My flight had yet to be announced as one delay had followed another in the uncertain weather. It was obvious that there was going to be more delay and I was very tired. I watched with absent […]

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Street Dialogue
May 1, 1979
Author: Keith Warwick

"I would like to see you guys in action," commented Michael M., a Jewish man in his forties. I had been distributing broadsides on a busy corner in New York City , but I briefly stepped out of the flow of pedestrian traffic and began a dialogue with him. Mr. M. told me that he […]

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