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Shavuot

Shavuot

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 Shavuot Ice Cream Party (wide)

 

The wonderful holiday of Shavuot is on May 30-June 1. Shavuot is the day G‑d came down on Mt. Sinai and said the Ten Commandments. Please join us and celebrate this great day! To RSVP to any of the programs and for more information please email rabbi@JewishAnthem.com or call (623) 349-1770. The following is the Shavuot schedule:

May 30th

9:30pm Late night Torah study

May 31st

10:00am Holiday services

5:30pm, Shavuot dairy dinner, ice cream party and reading the Ten Commandments in the Torah.

June 1st

11:00am, Services with Yizkor

 

What is Shavuot?

Why Dairy?

 

Shavuot, celebrated this year May 14-16, 2013, marks theanniversary of the day when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is the second of the three major festivals (Passover being the first, and Sukkot the third), occurring exactly fifty days after the second day of Passover. 

This is a biblical holiday complete with special prayers, holiday candle lighting and kiddush. During the course of the holiday we don't go to work, drive, write or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook and to carry outdoors. 

The word "Shavuot" means "weeks"; it marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. During these seven weeks, the Jewish people cleansed themselves of the scars of Egyptian slavery and became a holy nation, ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G‑d with the giving of the Torah.

1. On the holiday of Shavuot, a two-loaf bread offering was brought in the Temple. To commemorate this, we eat two meals on Shavuot -- first a dairy meal, and then, after a short interruption, we eat the traditional holiday meat-meal.

2. With the giving of the Torah the Jews now became obligated to observe the laws of Kosher. As the Torah was given on Shabbat no cattle could be slaughtered nor could utensils be koshered, and thus on that day they ate dairy. The Torah is likened to nourishing milk.

3. Also, the Hebrew word for milk is "chalav." When the numerical value of each of the letters in the word chalav are added together - 8, 30, 2 - the total is forty. Forty is the number of days Moses spent on Mount Sinai when receiving the Torah.

 

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