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Standing at Sinai: Shavuot Study and Celebration

Saturday, June 8, 2019 5 Sivan 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMTemple Beth El

Join Cantor Thomas and Rabbi Klass for Shavu'ot conversation and celebration. Together, we will symbolically stand at Sinai, receive the Ten Commandments, and do a deep dive into the fourth commandment: “Remember Shabbat, to keep it holy.” Is it really that simple? What does it mean to “remember” Shabbat? And how exactly are we supposed to keep a whole day of the week holy? We will explore these questions and more, all while enjoying a selection of craft cheeses from Ormand's cheese shop. BYO wine and any other snacks or treats that you would like to share. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

About Shavuot

Shavuot is a Hebrew word meaning "weeks" and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Shavuot, like so many other Jewish holidays, began as an ancient agricultural festival, marking the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. Shavuot was distinguished in ancient times by bringing crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem.

Shavuot, also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Torah, dates from biblical times. The Torah tells us it took precisely forty-nine days for our ancestors to travel from Egypt to the foot of Mount Sinai where they received the Torah. Thus, Leviticus 23:21 commands: "And you shall proclaim that day (the fiftieth day) to be a holy convocation!" The name Shavuot, "Weeks," then symbolizes the completion of a seven-week journey.

Special customs on Shavuot are the reading of the Book of Ruth, which reminds us that we too can find a continual source of blessing in our tradition. Traditionally, dairy dishes are served on this holiday to symbolize the sweetness of the Torah, as well as the "land of milk and honey."

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