HAVDALAH & TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT LEARNING
Saturday, June 4 | 6:30 pm on Zoom
Our Shavuot programming begins on Saturday night, June 4, when Cantor Faryn Rudnick will lead Havdalah and a brief learning session on Zoom. The tradition of learning all night on Erev Shavuot (or in our case, at 6:30 pm) is called Tikkun Leil Shavuot, Rectification of Shavuot Night, and dates back to the 16th century. Take part in the tradition and tune in to Cantor Rudnick’s teaching – Am I My Brother’s Keeper: An Exploration of Family Drama in the Torah.
Click here for the Am I My Brother’s Keeper Text
CONFIRMATION & SHAVUOT SERVICE with YIZKOR
Sunday, June 5 | 10:00 am in person at MLRT and Livestream
Join our Multi-Access Shavuot and Confirmation Service with Yizkor (Memorial Prayers) for those we have lost in the past year. Celebrate our incredible 10th-grade students who have pursued additional Jewish education and commitment to our community!
Hineini, We are Here! We hope you will stay ‘here’ at MLRT after the service for some snacks and socializing with your MLRT family and the 2022 Confirmands.
Shavuot is one of our three major pilgrimage festivals, along with Passover and Sukkot. Coming just seven weeks after Passover, Shavuot is often the forgotten festival. Unlike Passover, with Seder, or Sukkot, with the building of the Sukkah or waving of the lulav and etrog, there are few rituals, either synagogue-based or home-centered associated with Shavuot. There isn’t even a long tradition of special foods associated with Shavuot, though there is a tradition of eating dairy products.
Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. We link Passover to Shavuot with the counting of each day (called Siphrat Ha’omer), as tradition teaches us the Exodus from Egypt was not just a physical liberation, but also a spiritual liberation, enabling us to be free to follow the ways of Torah and tradition.
Jewish tradition focuses on the sanctity of life and time. On Sunday, June 5, we will have the opportunity to consecrate both during the holiday of Shavuot, a pilgrimage festival for our ancestors, who traveled to Jerusalem with their wheat harvest as an offering, and commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
We carry on this observance with the ritual of Confirmation, celebrating the accomplishments of our incredible 10th-grade students who have pursued additional Jewish education and commitment to our community.