Shavuot

Shavuot 5772

May 25, 2012
Shavuot 5772

 And Ruth said, Do not entreat me to leave you, or to keep from following you; for wherever you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; Where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried;...
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Shavuot 5771

June 7, 2011

 It’s now 49 days and 20 hours of the omer…Shavuot will be here in a few hours. The time count is appropriate because we’ve been counting for the last seven weeks already…counting the days until we reach tonight.  Seven weeks ago we celebrated Passover and spiritually left behind “Mitzrayim,” our narrow place, and started...
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Questions for Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)

May 17, 2010

I usually write with answers; today I'm writing with a LONG list of questions appropriate to the holiday.  On Shavuot, we read the story of Ruth, considered the archetype for the Jewish convert: she joins the Jewish people with a beautiful statement to her mother in law:   And Ruth said, Do not entreat...
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Shavuot in Jerusalem

May 30, 2009
Shavuot in Jerusalem

If you haven't experienced Shavuot in Jerusalem, you've never experienced Shavuot. If you live anywhere else, and want to experience a holiday that is celebrated in Jerusalem in a fashion unlike anywhere else, Shavuot is the holiday. The Torah commands us to gather in Jerusalem for three holidays in particular — the "Shalosh Regalim,"...
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The Season of the Giving of the Torah

June 9, 2008
The Season of the Giving of the Torah

Shavuot is called “zeman matan Torahtenu,” the season of the giving of the Torah – interestingly not “the season of the receiving of the Torah.” That’s because the heart of the Torah may have been given on Mt. Sinai, but the receiving of the Torah happens we are open to hearing the Torah’s teachings, which...
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Shavuot 5766 — The Power of Being Commanded

June 1, 2006

Technorati Tags: Shavuot, faith Click Here to go straight to the sermon Shavuot is called zeman matan Torateinu, the time of the giving of our Torah.   Why don’t we call it zeman kibalnu Torateinu, the time when we accepted the Torah? Years ago, some of the shtetls in Eastern Europe were too small...
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