COVID 19 - UPDATE: In accordance with government directives to shut down all synagogues, it is with a heavy heart that we close down the Shulounge until further notice.
We pray that we soon merit the fulfillment of the Divine promise "I shall remove all illness from within your midst" and we will all celebrate together in the rebuilt city of Jerusalem. May it happen immediately!
Shavuos I, 6 Sivan 5780 (May 28–29)
Holiday Candle Lighting Thursday Night: 8:16 pm
It is customary to remain awake all night learning Torah!
Shavuos II (Shabbos), 7 Sivan 5780 (May 29–30)
If necessary, light yahrzeit candle (from pre-existing flame)
Shabbos/Holiday Candle Lighting: 8:17 pm (pre-existing flame)
Shabbos/Holiday Ends Saturday Night: 9:31 pm
A quick look at this week's Torah portion
On the first day of Shavuot we read from Exodus chapters 19 and 20.
A summary of the content: The Children of Israel camp opposite Mount Sinai, where they are told that G‑d has chosen them to be His "kingdom of priests" and "holy nation." The people respond by proclaiming, "All that G‑d has spoken, we shall do."
On the sixth day of the third month (Sivan), seven weeks after the Exodus, the entire nation of Israel assembles at the foot of Mount Sinai. G‑d descends on the mountain amidst thunder, lightning, billows of smoke and the blast of the shofar, and summons Moses to ascend.
G‑d proclaims the Ten Commandments, commanding the people of Israel to believe in G‑d, not to worship idols or take G‑d's name in vain, to honor their parents, keep the Shabbat, and not to murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness or covet another's property. The people cry out to Moses that the revelation is too intense for them to bear, begging him to receive the Torah from G‑d and convey it to them.
On the second day of Shavuot we read from Deuteronomy chapters 14-16 which detail the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — on which all Jews came "to see and be seen before the face of G‑d" in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.