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"To foster and promote the love, understanding, and practice of Reform Judaism"

Yom Shabbat, 29 Heshvan 5778

 

Shavuot occurs seven weeks after Passover and often times coincides with our Confirmation ceremony in May or June.  It is a lovely festival which acknowledges the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai and signifies a love of lifelong learning, education and the principles of the Torah.

 

Shavuot

Shavuot is the Hebrew word for “weeks” and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  Like many other Jewish holidays, it began as an ancient agricultural festival acknowledging the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. In ancient times, Shavuot was a pilgrimage festival during which Hebrews brought crop offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, it is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.