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Jewish Holidays

Take the Lead

June 5, 2008, by

Shavuot is just around the corner, and most of us are trying to remember what it is exactly that we are supposed to gain from the holiday. We know that it commemorates the day the Torah was given to the Jews on Mt. Sinai, but that is where we go blank. On Pesach we recreate […]

Capturing the Wall: The Story of Shavuot 1967

June 4, 2008, by

A brilliant flash shattered the darkness. The lonely climber saw in that blink of an eye that he was almost at the top of the peak, and around him a gorgeous valley spread with lakes reflecting the awesome mountain. And then it was dark again. Life flashes with those moments where everything is clear. So […]

Shavuot: A Dairy Delicious Feast

May 10, 2007, by

Shavuot is the festival that commemorates the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is customary to eat dairy dishes, especially sweet ones such as cheese blintzes and cheesecakes, which symbolize the sweetness of the Torah. Blintzes are a traditional treat because they also represent the shape of the Torah. Other traditional dairy dishes […]

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

he 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 […]

Shavuot: 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 […]

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