Candles Friday May 30, 7:59pm
Havdalah May 31, 8:55pm
The reading this Shabbat concerns the ceremony of dedicating the Tabernacle. The emphasis here is not as in the earlier Book of Leviticus on the priests but rather on the elders representing each tribe. The message is that the religious leadership and the nation in general are just as much invested in the fate of the people and the religion must speak to the people not just the “religious ones.” Everyone need to work together. The religious leadership and the lay, the spiritual and the material supplement each other.
Tuesday Night June 3, festival begins at 8:02pm
The festival of Shavuot is in a way the orphan. Not as family and home orientated as Pesah and not as full of rituals as Sucot or as solemn as the Days of Awe. The Bible focusses exclusively on the harvests and the first fruits. The emphasis is on nature, ecology, the balance between God, Humanity and Nature and our mission to conserve and protect and value and thank the Almighty. Although this message became less significant when we stopped being a land based agricultural society, it is becoming clear how relevant this message is as the danger of destroying our ecological system becomes more and more significant.
Wednesday morning June 4
Service 9:30am - 11:45am
Candles 8:58 pm
Shavuot is also the anniversary of the Sinai Revelation, the Torah, our Constitution. We symbolically re-commit ourselves to Torah. That is why we read the Book of Ruth because her commitment to a Jewish life and her human kindness symbolizes the importance of accepting Torah and choosing to live a full Jewish life. The consequence of her devotion was to have King David as her direct descendant.
Thursday morning June 5
Service 9:30 am - 11:45pm
Festival ends 8:58pm
Candles Friday June 6 at 9:00pm
Havdalah June 7 at 9:00pm
Lighting the Candelabrum in the Temple is nowadays remembered by the eternal light we burn in our synagogues in front of the Ark. Keeping the light burning symbolizes how we have and will continue to keep our people and our traditions alive.
Shabbat Shalom and Hag Sameach!