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Shavuot and the Book of Ruth

Saturday night, June 11th, begins the festival of Shavuot, also known as Pentecost. In Biblical times, Shavuot was the celebratory conclusion of the Barley harvest, which began during Passover, and the harvest of the wheat. That is why this harvest festival … Continue reading

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Of Priests and Blessings

Parashat Nasso When the ancient rabbis finalized the yearly calendar along with its cycle of Torah readings, they purposely situated this week’s parasha, Nasso, to always coincide with Shavuot – either right before or after (Shavuot is next week). So, … Continue reading

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Shavuot: A jewel worth dusting off

Apart from Orthodoxy and more traditional forms of Judaism, Shavuot is one of the least observed holidays within the wider Jewish community. For far too many Jews today, Torah is no longer at the core of our existence. Many of us have … Continue reading

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Preparing for Shavuot

Parashat Emor We are currently in the last few weeks of counting the omer. The ‘omer’ is a measure of grain, but according to the Torah, it also the measure we use to count the days between Passover and Shavuot. … Continue reading

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