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Shavuot

Wheat growing in a field; blue sky and white clouds above

No story in the Bible better demonstrates than the Book of Ruth the extraordinary power of love that goes beyond the expected obligation.

Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Dr. Tikva Frymer-Kensky, z”l
Torah text with silver had and tallit fringes

In the process of becoming b’nai mitzvah, adult students grapple, struggle, and wrestle, and in the end, always bring Torah to life and life to Torah.

Rabbi Lisa S. Greene
Kotel (Western Wall) crowded with throngs of visitors

Remarkable unity characterized the Jewish people in the days before receiving Torah at Sinai. Today, such unity isn’t always visible in the Jewish world.

Rabbi David Jaffe
View of Kotel and Dome of the Rock

On the same day the U.S. embassy opened in Jerusalem, more than 60 Palestinians lost their lives at the Gaza border. How can we bring balance to these disparate events? 

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Closeup of a child looking down on a container of blueberry ice cream on a picnic table

This ice cream is made with 100% kid power! I love this process because it’s fun, interactive, and takes some stamina.

Hannah Riederer
Three blintzes on a plate garnished with peach slices and a dollop of sour cream

When we moved to Israel, I kept Grandmother’s blintz pans. They were a link to the past: to heritage, to history, to family.

Cantor Evan Kent
Campers in white being led along a gravel path by two counselors carrying Torah scrolls

Just as the light grows with each night of Hanukkah, so too do our joy and excitement grow as we count the Omer for 49 days on the way to Shavuot.

Stacey Delcau, RJE
Two surfers in the Mediterranean in Israel

I know that Shavuot is near when I can hear the fruit vendors in the shuk (open-air market) extolling the virtues of the newly arrived crops of peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines.

Cantor Evan Kent
Group of people each holding an oversized puzzle piece of a different color

Shavuot provides an ideal Jewish textual grounding for celebrating our diversity, and lifting up various and dissenting voices within our community.

 

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Tallit (prayer shawl) as chuppah (wedding canopy) in the woods

The day the Israelites stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, preparing to encounter God, is understood in midrash as the day of marriage between God and the Jewish people.

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis

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