What You May Have Missed
By Joseph Walker, Deseret News
Published: Sunday, May 27 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT
For observant Jews, nothing is more definitive of their life and faith than the Torah. So it stands to reason that Shavuot, the second of the three scripturally mandated Jewish pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — celebrates the giving of the Torah from God to man.
“The relationship of Passover and Shavuot is like the relationship between a question and an answer. Passover is the question, as reflected in the most famous question asked on the Seder night: Now that we have our freedom, what do we do with it? And the holiday of Shavuot, the festival of the giving of the Torah, is the answer.”
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz