Shavuos

Shavuos – Torah Community

When the Red Sea miraculously split and formed a protective wall for the Jewish people to walk through at the Exodus from Egypt, the Medrash records the complaints of the on-looking angels. The angels, seemingly with some justification, complained at what they viewed as an injustice; the Jewish people had…

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Shavuos: Are we just Red Sea Pedestrians?

Why does the Torah not tell us the date we should celebrate Shavuot? Instead we have a date for Pesach and an assumption that we have basic arithmatic (not always a good assumption!).
If you look at the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim you will notice one thing missing - Bnei…

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Evoking Sinai

The notion that Torah study should be evocative of the experience of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai is a frequent halakhic and hashkafic theme. The Talmud (Berakhot 22a) teaches that Torah study must be undertaken with a sense of awe and reverence, as that was case at Sinai. Further,…

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Why do we count up to Shavuos?

When it was 2 weeks till my wedding it really hit me. I couldn't wait - 2 weeks 2 weeks! - and every day after that I would count down to the day. What was going on? I was so excited about my wedding that I didn't want those 13…

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Two Torah's??

A careful reading of the text reveals that the Jewish people accepted the Torah at Sinai not once but twice.
First it says,
"Moses came and told the people all of God's words and all the laws. The people all responded with a single voice, saying: 'All the words that God…

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Why did the Jews fall asleep???

Why Did the Jews Fall Asleep when the Torah was Given?
It says in the Zohar (Emor 97), "The early Chassidim would not sleep on this night (of Shavuos), but would stay up all night learning. they said, 'Let us inherit this holy inheritance, for us and our children, of…

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