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Editor's Note: From the Six-Day War to Shavuot

Dear Friend,

Exactly 50 years ago, Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish control. Even before the fighting finished, Jews from all over streamed toward the Kotel (Western Wall). Shofar blasts pierced the air, and heartfelt sobbing could be heard from even the most battle-toughened soldiers.

Barriers of political affiliation, cultural milieu, level of observance and Torah education all melted in the flaming fire of Jewish unity that was felt so powerfully by all. Everyone had witnessed the miraculous turnaround that had just happened.

This is the unity of Shavuot. When our ancestors stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai 3,329 years ago, ready to receive the Torah, they were “as one person with one heart.”

We can do it again. Let’s all gather in synagogues on Wednesday morning to hear the Ten Commandments. There is a spot for everyone at your closest Chabad synagogue, where we can all gather “as one person with one heart.”

See you on Shavuot!

The Editorial Team

Shavuot Learning
7 Classic Reasons for Shavuot Flowers and Greenery

Many have the custom to decorate the synagogue and home with greenery and flowers in honor of Shavuot. Here’s why.
Meditation on an Embrace

If God embraces us with mitzvahs, how does He kiss?
The Man King David Took to Court

When Berel heard that there would be a celebration in honor of a new Torah, he naively assumed that he would be welcomed to the joyful event.
My Baby and the Six-Day War: A Double 50th Anniversary

We had started out rather late—apparently too late to arrive at the hospital in time.
Your Unique Mission From Sinai

What is the significance of this counting? What is the connection between this counting and Shavuot?
Wave It Like You Mean It!

I was about to board the train, a middle-aged man exited the train and immediately approached me. “I’m a Jew,” he said.
Jewish News
Acts of Gratitude and Comfort in Manchester

Food and hot drinks for police; special gathering for students.
Rabbi to Continue a Family Tradition in the Military

Dual duty as a campus emissary and now a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
A Rabbi Brings Unexpected Joy to a Woman’s Last Shabbat

A search on by a 94-year-old woman’s friend sets off a chain of mitzvahs.
The campaign of the Greeks was, as we say in the Al Hanissim prayer, aimed to "make them forget Your Torah and violate the decrees of Your will." "Let them study Torah," the Greeks implied. "Let them practice the logical mitzvot and the 'testimonial' observances. But they must not mention that the Torah is G‑d's Torah and the mitzvot are the decrees of His will. Torah and mitzvot must be severed from G‑dliness..."
— Hayom Yom, 7th day of Chanukah
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One man carries rocks for a livelihood. Give him emeralds, and all he sees is more rocks.

Another carries diamonds with devotion and care. Give him the emeralds, and he exclaims, “What beauty is here!”

Only one who values his own heritage is able to appreciate the beauty that others hold.

from a letter to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his youth.