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What is Confirmation and what is its connection to Shavuot?
Confirmation is a Reform-originated ceremony for teens that is tied to the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It constitutes an individual and group affirmation of commitment to the Jewish people. Confirmation, one of the “youngest” Jewish lifecycle ceremonies, began less than 200 years ago.
Why do we observe Shavuot by studying all night?
Since the Rabbinic period, Shavuot has been tied to the story of receiving the Torah. Connected to this, Shavuot has come to be dedicated to the idea of Torah study and Jewish education.
Blessings for Festival and Yom Tov Candle Lighting
These blessings are recited for candle lighting on Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.
Shavuot Evening Blessings: Kiddush - Blessing over the Wine, Weekday Version
Blessing over the wine for the festival of Shavuot, Sunday through Thursday.
A Prayer for Jerusalem
Today we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim, the anniversary of that fateful day in 1967 when the Israeli paratroopers reached the Western Wall and announced: "הר הבית בידנו" -- “The Temple Mount is in our Hands.” That moment ushered in the the promise for Jews everywhere, after years of dreaming and longing, to come and pray before this sacred space.
Accessing a New Kind of Jewish Community Through Introduction to Judaism Online
Three years before the COVID-19 pandemic response sheltered millions of people at home and drove us to do all things virtual, the URJ was crafting online communities of learners as they journeyed together through our 21 sessions of Introduction to Judaism Online.
Make Memorial Day Count in 2021
Saffron Spices Up Shavuot’s Matzah
Matzah pops up again at Shavuot! Strands of dough weave festival to festival, Passover to Shavuot (the Festival of Weeks).
The Five Commandments of Basic Torah Maintenance
Shavuot is coming up, a good time to commit ourselves to the physical care of our Torah scrolls. Here are 5 ways to protect Judaism’s holiest objects: