Shavuot Sunday, June 9th @ 9 AM
Every year, as an old family Passover tradition, I try to watch Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston. I was always enthralled by the scene where God, portrayed as a tornado of fire, was sending out fire balls as Moses, with his back pressed to the mountain, grips it as the mini-comets slam against the side on the mountain and carve out, like lasers, what we know as the two tablets carrying the 10 Commandments. Wow! What a great way for a child to see the drama of the Jewish people receiving, not just the 10 commandments, but according to tradition, the whole Torah itself!
We celebrate this receiving of the Torah (commandments and all) on Shavuot (pronounced “sha-vu-OAT.”) Some congregations attach Confirmation services for teenagers literally confirming their faith as Jews on this sacred holiday. Others move this important occasion (as we do) to a date close to Shavuot.
Beginning in the middle ages, a Jewish tradition began with studying Torah all night on the first night of Shavuot. This tradition is called Tikkun L’eil Shavuot (literally the “Correction of the night of Shavuot”). Why “correction?” Because we overslept when the Torah was being given to us by God! As a way to “correct” this, we study Torah – some even study all night!
With this said, to observe this practice, we will have an extra Torah study on SUNDAY morning, including a very short Yizkor observance for those that observe Yizkor on festivals.
Please join us on Sunday, June 9th from 9:00 – 10:00 AM
for Tikkun Shavuot and a short Yizkor service.
L’Shalom and Chag Sameach
Wishing you peace and a Happy Festival
-Cantor Mark Stanton
A printable version of the Winter and Spring Holiday Schedule is HERE.