Shavuos is the culmination of the seven-week-long “Counting of the Omer” that occurs following Pesach. The very name “Shavuos” means “weeks,” in recognition of the weeks of anticipation leading up to the Har Sinai experience. Shavuos commemorates Hashem giving the Torah to B’nei Yisrael. During the holiday prayer services, we read the story of the Revelation at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Ten Commandments. On the second day of Shavuos, we read Megillas Rus.

It is appropriate to read the Book of Ruth on Shavuos for two reasons: First, because Shavuos is known as Chag HaKatzir – the harvest festival. Megillas Rus gives us a picture of how the poor were treated in the harvest season with sympathy and love. Second, Shavuos is the birthday and day of passing of King David, the great-grandchild of Ruth and Boaz. In the Book of Ruth, we are shown the origin of the House of David – King David was the great-grandson of Ruth and Boaz. When we read Megillas Rus, we recognize that Ruth is Eim HaMalchus – the Mother of the Kingdom. She is also the quintessence of a true convert; on Shavuos we recognize that just like we accepted the Torah, converts to Judaism accepted it, as well, at Har Sinai.

Since there is a special connection between Shavuos and David HaMelech, many have the custom to read the entire book of T’hilim during this time (Ben Ish Chai, BaMidbar ).

In T’hilim, David HaMelech declares “They [mitzvos] are more desirable than “paz” (gold). In Hebrew, the letters ‘p-a-z’ have the numerical value of 87. Eighty-seven is the number of positive mitzvos that can possibly be performed nowadays without the Beis HaMikdash. They include the observance of the holidays, performance of a bris milah, chupah ceremonies, loving a friend, giving tz’dakah, reciting the Sh’ma, putting on t’filin, saying Birkas HaMazon, observing Shabbos, learning Torah, etc. Shavuos is a great time to improve one’s observance of mitzvos.


List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah (a complete recovery)


Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Shmuel Moshe ben Peninah

Yosef ben Leah

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Eliyahu ben Miriam

Moshe ben Rachel

Michael Uram ben Raya Rachel

Nisan ben Yael

Nissim ben Devorah

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Mordechai ben Rachel Anba

Yehoshua ben Fruma

Yisrael Meir ben Etta Rachel

Masoud Meir ben Etta Rachel

Moshe ben Mazal

Yechezkel ben Esther Serel

Yitzchak Chaim ben Sarah

Shimon ben Mercedes

Eliyahu ben Margalit

Yosef ben Nosrat

Yosef Gidon Yaakov ben Peninah

Moshe Chaim ben Shulamis

Efraim ben Leah

Ezra Refael ben Taoos Miriam

Yechiel HaLevi ben Rachel

Yaakov Reuven ben Brachah

Yaakov ben Simchah

Velvel Wolf Z’ev ben Leah

Arkady Avraham ben Mazal



Frieda Malkah bas Sarah

Tinokey bas Rivkah

Malkah bas Reich Shifrah

Rachel bas Yehudis Binah Baila

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchama Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Alizah bas Miriam

Chanah Elianah bas Naomi

Adele bas Adi

Orah bas Naomi

Chayah Brachah bas Miriam

Sally Ronit bas Taoos Miriam

Sarah Raizel bas Esther Leah

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