Shavuot

Seven weeks after we celebrate Passover, we mark the holiday of Shavuot—literally “weeks.” In the Bible, Shavuot was primarily an agricultural holiday, marking the end of the grain harvest and the beginning of a new agricultural season during which first fruits were brought to the Temple in Jerusalem. Later, Shavuot came to be associated with the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. On Passover, we were physically freed from slavery; on Shavuot, our freedom is given purpose—we are free in order to serve God according to the dictates of the Torah. Shavuot is celebrated with an all-night study session called tikkun leil Shavuot. It is also common to eat cheesecake and other dairy foods, since the Torah is likened to milk and honey. In this section you will find some ideas for a women’s tikkun, feminine blessings for the Torah, and some poetry and meditations.

The Rhythm of Wonder: A Prayer for Radical Amazement

By Alden Solovy
You are standing on a star. The winds of creation blow through you. Of course, this is neither literally true nor scientifically accurate. Yet, these quirky statements are an invitation to living...  more
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Up All Night

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans
Shavuot is my favorite holiday, in part because it combines several of my favorite things: ice cream, warm feelings of Jewish unity, a study party, and staying up all night. It is also my favorite...  more
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Wisdom From On High

Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
Shavuot has yet to capture the imagination of most liberal Jews. Why is that?  The Torah describes three pilgrimage festivals, times when the ancient Israelites were expected to journey to Jerusalem...  more
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