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Shavuot: (lit. “weeks”) The one-day holiday (two in the Diaspora) commemorating the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. This late-spring holiday commences on the fiftieth day (the morrow of seven “weeks”) following the second day of Passover.
Why celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai?
The Secret of Shavuot
Unity and differing opinions in Torah
As One Man with One Heart
Understanding the nature of differing opinions in Torah, and how the Halachic ruling does not favor one view and reject the other, but rather unites them both.
The Shavuot Offerings on a Weekday?!
Chosen People
In explaining why the sacrifices that a Jew was obligated to offer in the Temple in honor of Shavuos were not offered on the holyday itself but during the weekdays which follow, this class offers insight into the nature of G-d’s choice of the Children of ...
Letters and Numbers of the Festivals
The Innovation of Shavuot
Each holiday has its special mitzvah that is unique to the respective festival (like shofar on Rosh Hashana, matzah on Passover etc.). Yet, it seems we don’t find in the Torah any particular mitzvah for Shavuot?!
A Chassidic Perspective on Shavuot, Part 2
Sinai: Total Transformation
Shavuot, when we received the Torah at Sinai, is the culmination of the Exodus on Passover. Yet, on Passover we stay clear of the smallest amount of chometz, but on Shavuot two loaves of leavened bread were offered in the Holy Temple.
A Chassidic Perspective on Shavuot, Part 1
Sinai: The Marriage Between Heaven and Earth
The giving of the Torah reconciles the dichotomy in everything and reveals the unifying essence in both the spiritual and the material.
The Essence of Shavuot
Eat, Eat, My Child
If one had a disturbingly ominous dream, Halachah allows one to fast even on a Sabbath or Festival – notwithstanding the obligation to feast on these days – since the person is distressed over his dream, he would derive 'pleasure' from fasting and not fro...
Shavuot and the Giving of the Torah
When Was the Torah Given?
In the Talmud, there is a dispute between the sages as to what date the Torah was given at Sinai. According to one opinion, Moses added an extra day of preparation before the giving of the Torah. How could Moses depart from G-d's timeline?
The Torah’s Great Omission
The Mystery of Shavuot
Ask any child what we celebrate on Shavuot, and the obvious answer is the giving of the Torah at Sinai; yet the Torah makes no mention of it. How do we make sense of this glaring omission?
Customs of Shavuot
The Milky Way
An overview of some the unique customs associated with the holiday of Shavuot, along with their practical reasons and spiritual explanations.
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