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Jewish Holidays

A Prophecy for All Times

June 30, 2006, by

The very first Rashi in the Torah makes the following comment. “Really, the Torah should have began with Hachodesh Hazeh Lachem (the Mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh) but a time will come when the nations of the world will call us burglars for taking the land of Israel. At that time we should tell them how […]

Shavuot Lesson

June 30, 2006, by

The Torah, in describing the Giving of the Law, says: “And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet G-d, and they stood at the bottom of the mountain” (Exod. 19:17). The actual Hebrew for the last phrase is: “Visyatzvu BESACHTIS hahar”, which could be translated more literally as: “they stood UNDER the […]

Chag Same’ach from Riverdale

June 30, 2006, by

By Rabbi Avi Weiss It was during the time of Shavuot that the Jews at Sinai declared to God, “na’aseh ve-nishma, we will do and we will listen (to the commandments).” (Exodus 24:7) This order is perplexing as one usually does the opposite, and listens before deciding to act. In his Michtav M’Eliyahu, Rabbi Eliyahu […]

G-d, Spouses, and Preparation

June 30, 2006, by

It’s a big hoax: On the fiftieth day: That’s when the Torah, in this week’s Parsha tells us to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. If you look carefully, though, you realize that it just ain’t so. Follow: According to the Gemara in Shabbat the Torah was given to Bnei Yisrael on Shabbat. We also find […]

Sinai – Remembering the Miracle

June 30, 2006, by

These days, with my hectic schedule, I find that I do almost all of my shopping via catalogs, but over this past Passover I actually had a chance to go shopping in a real live store. The man who was helping me told me that I should wish him a zissen Pesach, a happy Passover, […]

Chag Sameach from Efrat

June 30, 2006, by

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Of all the memorable historical occurrences in the Torah, none is more significant than the day of the revelation at Sinai, when Israel received the Torah from G d. Nevertheless, unlike the date of the exodus from Egypt (Passover, celebrated on the 15th day of Nissan) and the original date of […]

Megillat Ruth

June 30, 2006, by

It is an almost universal Jewish custom to read Megillat Ruth on Shavuot. The most widely-accepted basis for reciting the story of Ruth is her conversion to Judaism, for it was – on a small, personal scale – a recreation of the grandiose acceptance of Torah at Har Sinai by the entire Jewish nation many […]

Three Approaches to Remembering

June 30, 2006, by

Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev was asked to explain why Shavuot is also referred to as Atzeret, even though the Torah only uses the term Atzeret in association with Shemini Atzeret, not Shavuot. He offered three explanations. First, all festivals have specific practical mitzvah observances associated with their celebrations, beyond the mere forbiddance of labor […]

Shavuot Tidbits

June 30, 2006, by

MISC. REVIEW FOR SHAVUOT Hard to be brief; I’ll try. Candles: SOP (standard operating procedure) for women lighting Shabbat candles is light them, cover eyes, say Bracha. Should have been Bracha before lighting, but maybe Bracha is acceptance of Shabbat and then lighting would be forbidden. Yom Tov should be Bracha and then light because […]

Customs of Shavuot

June 30, 2006, by

What are the Customs of Shavuot? Shavuot has a number of customs which are deeply ingrained in the celebration of the holiday. Among these are the following: Staying up all night to learn Torah on the first night of Shavuot Spreading greens and flowers in the synagogue on Shavuot Eating Dairy Meals on Shavuot Staying […]

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