The Jewish holiday of Shavuot began last night at sunset and will end tonight at sunset. Jews observe this day by staying awake all night and reading the Torah. This night is traditionally associated with the one in which Moses received the Torah from God on Mt. Sinai over three thousand years ago.
This holiday comes seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot means "weeks."
Traditional desserts and dairy products are served in celebration including: challah, blintzes and cheesecakes.
There are currently extra security measures in place in Israel today because of the recent terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. Hamas “dubbed the attack the ‘Ramadan Operation’ as it came two days after the Muslim holiday of Ramadan began on Monday,” according to the Times of Israel. However, Israeli Defense Forces Officials dispute the fact that the attack came from Hamas.
A fear of copy-cat attacks has dampened some of the day's festivities.