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On the Road to Mount Sinai

Written by Ronny Drapkin
Friday, 27 April 2007 03:08
ImageShavuos is the second of the three major festivals and comes exactly 50 days after Passover. It marks the giving of the Torah by Hashem to the entire Jewish people on Mount Sinai over 3,400 years ago.

In Hebrew, the word "Shavuos" means "weeks" and stands for the seven weeks during which the Jewish people prepared themselves for the giving of the Torah. During this time they rid themselves of the scars of bondage and became a holy nation ready to stand before Hashem. In much the same way, our tradition teaches that each generation receives its own Torah, a process that begins on Passover and culminates at Shavous.

While we gained physical freedom and independence on Pesach, when Hashem redeemed us from the slavery of Egypt, we gained mental and spiritual freedom and independence on Shavuos when Hashem gave us the Torah.  Shavuos completed the redemption from Egypt.  It gave meaning and purpose to a freedom.  So too, each year, Shavuos is the special time for us to reawaken and strengthen our special relationship with Hashem. We can do so by rededicating ourselves to the observance and study of the Torah-our most precious heritage.

This year, with the need for repairing the world so great, we feel the need to receive Torah all the more urgently.  As we continue the Sefirah (the Counting of the Omer) in anticipation of Shavuos, I hope we all make plans to come to shul on May 22-24 to receive the Torah together as one people, one community.

Kol tuv, Ronny

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