Shavuot, you've come a long way!
The Festival of Weeks was an ancient pilgrimage holiday celebrating the Israeli harvest. It also commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai seven weeks after the Exodus.
But we're not wandering the desert anymore.
Today, this holiday brings Jewish people together at synagogue for rituals ranging from readings of psalms to all-nighters. JRC is no exception. Our Shavuot service provides a relaxing, spiritually restorative break from your hectic lives.
Here's a few more reasons why you should attend:
- Because celebrating the handing down of the Torah makes Shavuot an ideal time to embark on a new (or renewed) commitment to Jewish practice or learning.
- Because we read from the Book of Ruth, a richly textured story about multiculturalism, egalitarianism, acceptance, and love.
- Because there will be blintzes!
Want to learn more about the meaning and traditions of Shavuot?
My Jewish Learning has a nice section that covers everything from the basics to more nuanced discussions.