Dear Friend,

It was the most important moment in our nation’s history.

G‑d Himself descended on the mountain and declared, “I am G‑d your G‑d!” He then presented us each with the Torah to keep and cherish. The day was so full of love and commitment that it is referred to as our “wedding day.”

This coming Sunday morning, May 24, during the holiday of Shavuot, we will celebrate this momentous event anew, reaffirming and strengthening our bond with Him and His Torah.

Let’s all do our utmost to attend services at our respective synagogues and listen to the reading of the Ten Commandments. Let us once again experience and affirm the deal we struck at Sinai.

And, since the Jewish children are the next link in the golden chain begun on that fateful day in the desert, it’s especially important that we bring our children, even newborn babies.

(Many Chabad-Lubavitch centers hold ice-cream parties for the kids following services, a nice treat on a spring morning. And for their parents, more indulgence comes with cheesecake and other rich fare. It’s the dairy holiday, after all…)

So let’s all be there, and also encourage our friends, family and neighbors to not only celebrate the past, but to enjoy the present and to recommit for the future.

We wish you and yours a joyous and meaningful Shavuot!


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