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Shavuos – The First Commitment

The Torah refers to Shavuos as “Yom  HaBikkurim – the Day of the First Fruit Offerings,”[1] making no mention of it as the Festival of Kabbalas HaTorah.  Nonetheless, this is how it is widely observed and how it is called in our prayers: “zman matan toraseinu – the time of the giving of our Torah.”  It is therefore all the more fascinating that a calculation of the dates provided in the Chumash and Gemara r ...

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