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Jewish Holidays

The holiday of Shavuot commemorates when the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai, 7 weeks after the departure from Egypt which we commemorate on the holiday of Passover.

Preparation for Receiving the Torah

June 30, 2006, by

“You shall set boundaries for the People roundabout, saying, Beware of ascending the mountain or touching its edge; whoever touches the mountain shall surely die” (Shemot 19:12) Initial Preparations On the second and third days of Sivan, Hashem told Moshe to tell the Jewish People, “You have seen what I did to Egypt, and how […]

The Story of Shavuot

June 30, 2006, by

What is the Story of Shavuot? The “stories” of many things, their background and purpose, can be told by explaining what they are called. To a great extent, this is true in general of the Jewish holidays and, in particular, it is true of the holiday of Shavuot. The names of this holiday are: “Chag […]

About Work Restrictions

June 29, 2006, by

All Jewish holidays and observances, with the exception of some fasts, begin on the evening previous to the first day. Except as noted, all require special additional prayers and services are held in the Synagogue. All Jewish Holidays with Sabbath-like restrictions require that all normal business, school or secular activities cease about two hours before […]

The Recitation of Hallel

June 29, 2006, by

Hallel consists of six Psalms (113-118), which are said as a unit, on joyous occasions, when the praise of G-d is particularly appropriate, immediately following the Shacharit “Shemoneh Esrei.” These occasions include the following: The three “major” festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, the term “major” meaning that the festival is mentioned in the “Chamisha Chumshei […]

The Holiday of Shavuot in the Torah

June 26, 2006, by

“And you shall declare on that very day, that it is a Holy Day unto you; You shall do no manner of work; It is an Eternal Statute, in all your habitations, for all your generations” (Vayikra 23:21) “Until the day after the seventh week, you shall count, fifty days; And you shall bring a […]

Shavuot – Why Keep It a Secret?

May 31, 2006, by

Shavuot – Why Keep It a Secret? Rabbi Grunstein discusses how the date of Shavuot is determined, why Shavuot is shorter than the other holidays, why it has no unique mitzvah, and why the Torah doesn’t mention that Shavuot is when the Torah was given.

Community Lunch and Learn: Preparing For Shavuot

May 22, 2006, by

Rav Herschel Schachter gives a Shiur on understanding the Kabbalat HaTorah. Given Monday, May 22, 2006. He discusses 3 themes: 1) Hashem didn’t give the oral law to Moshe word for word. 2) The treaty with God is really on the oral law. 3) The Torah consists of everybody’s insights.

Sefira: The Countdown to Shavuot

May 17, 2006, by

Sefira: The Countdown to Shavuot – Given by Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn, noted author and mohel. Part of the exclusive OU Torah Dimensions series on Pesach Themes. We can’t be ready for the Torah without being complete in your interpersonal interactions. This is why R’ Akiva’s students passed away before Shavuot.