Russian meteorology service reports 2016 is record warm year in ArcticBusiness & Economy January 24, 18:22
Russian chief negotiator comments on outcome of Syria peace talks in AstanaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 24, 18:11
Legendary Isinbayeva blasts recent German film on alleged doping in Russian athleticsSport January 24, 18:07
Russian senator says Astana meeting on settling Syrian crisis proves successfulRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 24, 17:55
Russian State Duma speaker hopes PACE will confirm its pan-European status under AgramuntRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 24, 17:14
De Mistura says agreement on Syria ceasefire monitoring major result of Astana talksWorld January 24, 17:07
Damascus won’t accept unilateral decisions on Syria’s federalization — envoyWorld January 24, 16:46
Syrian opposition hopes UNSC will pass resolution based on its proposalsWorld January 24, 16:28
Russian bombers destroy Islamic State's arms depots in Deir ez-ZorMilitary & Defense January 24, 16:22
MOSCOW, May 27 (Itar-Tass) —— The Moscow Jewish community center celebrated Shavuot, a holiday that began as a harvest festival but also commemorated the revelation at Sinai and the giving of the Torah, on Sunday. Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar delivered a lecture and congratulated the audience on the holiday.
Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is the second of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Passover and Sukkot). Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is also sometimes known as Pentecost, because it falls on the 50th day. The holiday is not tied to a particular calendar date, but to a counting from Passover. This year it is marked on May 27-28. Traditionally, homes and synagogues are decorated with flowers. It is the only holiday when dairy foods are a traditional item on the menu.