The Grand Finale

The Omer is counted for the final time on the 49th night. The following evening, the festival of Shavuot begins at sundown.  Shavuot is the anniversary of the Revelation on Mount Sinai, when God communicated the Torah to the entire Jewish people and in so doing, revealed to them their national mission and purpose.  In our prayers Shavuot is referred to as Zman Matan Torateinu, the Time of Giving of ...

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The Revelation at Mount Sinai

The revelation and giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai was an overwhelming experience for the Jewish people. The Torah describes in great detail how every man, woman and child experienced the word of God with all of their senses.  The uniqueness of this account cannot be emphasized enough.  God did not whisper to a lone individual on a mountain top, rooftop, on the road or in a cave. It ...

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Unity – the Gateway to Judaism

Question: Why was the Torah given to us on Shavuot and not right after leaving Egypt or some other day of the year? Thank you. AskTheRabbi.org answered: Good question. There was a key ingredient that was still missing after the Exodus to merit being given the Torah — complete “unity” amongst the Jewish People. Let me explain. The people who experienced the Exodus with all its miracles were nevertheless still negatively influenced by having ...

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