Kavanot for Shavuot

Found In: Shavuot

The revelation of Torah is continual. Today we pause to be mindful of Your teaching.

Everything I do is a choice, whether implicitly or explicitly. Today I make an explicit choice to engage with Judaism, to craft my own path through the living words of Your Torah.

I am thankful for these first fruits, which symbolize the spring harvest and the continual spiral of the turning years. May I eat them with awareness that from You all nourishment flows.

Some etymologists argue that the root of the word mitzvah (usually translated as "commandment") is related to the root of the word for "connection." In the 613 mitzvot of the Torah, let me find fluid opportunities for connection, instead of rigid commandments to obey or deny.

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