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Date(s) - 06/09/2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Rabbi Naomi Steinberg will lead an all-ages Shavuot Torah service followed by a kiddush and luncheon. In this service, we will read from the Aseret haDibrot – the 10 Commandments.

All children in our community are encouraged to attend.

 

What is Shavuot?

Shavuot, literally “Weeks” in Hebrew, is celebrated 49 days after the start of Passover. This holiday commemorates the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest, and the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

It is traditional for Jewish communities to read from the Aseret haDibrot, literally “the ten sayings” though this is often translated as the 10 Commandments. Additionally, many communities will read from the Book of Ruth, in which a Moabite woman ultimately joins the Jewish people. This story is included on Shavuot for its parallel to the Israelites at Mount Sinai who also chose the Torah as adults.

Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, which literally means “Service for Shavuot Night,” is the custom of studying with a community in order to re-experience standing at Mount Sinai, where the Jewish people received the Torah. Tikkun Leyl Shavuot was developed by 16th century mystics in Safed, who believed that by studying on Shavuot, they were symbolically preparing Israel to enter into a sacred relationship with God.

Shavuot is often associated with dairy foods because Jewish tradition compares the words of Torah to the sweetness of milk and honey. Blintzes and cheesecake are among the popular foods to make and enjoy for the holiday.
What is Shavuot?