(May 15-16, 2013)
prayers refer to Shavuos as the "time of the giving of our Torah," the
time when millions of Jews surrounded Mount Sinai and heard the voice
of God proclaiming the Ten Commandments.
It was only then that the exodus from Egypt took on meaning, because when
Moses asked God why the Jews deserved to be freed from slavery, the answer
was that they would be prepared to accept the Torah on the very mountain
where God first appeared to the future redeemer.
word Shavuos means "weeks," because the Torah does not give a calendar
date for the festival; rather the Torah says merely that the people should
begin counting seven weeks, beginning on the second day of Pesach, and
the fiftieth day would be Shavuos. Those days of counting were a time
of tingling expectation as a whole nation prepared itself to be worthy
of that overwhelming spiritual experience.
is no ritual specifically associated with Shavuos — no matzah, no shofar,
no esrog — the Torah is enough, so it is customary to study Torah for
most, or even all, of the first night of the festival. As the Talmudic
sage Rabbi Yose said, "If not for this day, there are many Yoses in
the marketplace," i.e., only the Torah makes Jews unique!
our best-selling Shavuos titles:
Observance, Laws, And Significance
Commentaries on the Book of Ruth
Aseres Hadibros / The Ten Commandments
Shavuos With Bina, Benny, And Chaggai
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