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.

Up All Night

By Sarah Barasch-Hagans | Blog Post
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. | Blog Post
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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Yizkor on Memorial Day

by Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D. | Blog Post

It took the recitation of Yizkor on Memorial Day to remind me of this important fact: it is incumbent on me as a citizen to take time to reflect and remember.  

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Shavuot

By Susan Sapiro | Article
This article summarizes the customs and observances of Shavuot, describing new approaches to the holiday.  [more]

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