This year we will have an online Tikkun Leil Shavuot, night of study on Shavuot.
• Thursday, May 28, 2020. 8:00 PM We’ll start with Ma’ariv (the evening service) which will take about 15 minutes, and continue learning until 10:30 PM or 11:00 PM.
Who is Mighty? Lessons of a Microbe
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum
Even in the face of very real external threats, our people have always looked inward and asked ourselves how our own inner demons could contribute to our undoing. What does our Tradition have to teach us about the inner challenges that confront us during the pandemic crisis? How can the nature of our inner response help us to respond most effectively to external danger?
Revelation in Dangerous Times
Rabbi Barry Leff
Pastor Tony Spell had hundreds of congregants at services on Palm Sunday, in violation of Louisiana lockdown orders. He told reporters, “We have a mandate from the word of God to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together.” Another scoff-law pastor, Jesse Ramirez, said, “You wanna do what God says, you know.” How do we know what God says? What’s God telling us today about how we can best serve God?
Torah From History, Torah From Heaven
Ian Crosby, Esq.
Our tradition holds that the Torah we have today is the same one that God gave Moses. But divine authorship is hard to square with the many inconsistencies, repetitions, and anachronisms we find in the received text. Do we have to choose between divine authorship and the “documentary hypothesis”—the claim that the Torah was redacted from different sources long after Sinai? Or is there a different approach to explaining the inconsistencies that can satisfy both our reason and our faith?
It’s traditional to have a dairy meal on Shavuot (one theory says this is because after the Torah was given, they suddenly had to follow the rules for kosher meat and didn’t have any ready). You can order a tasty dairy meal that you can pick up at the synagogue in the afternoon before the Tikkun Leil Shavuot. It’s also possible to just order cheesecake, not the whole meal. Click here for more information or to place an order.
• Friday, May 29, 2020. 9:30 AM – Shavuot Day 1 service
• Saturday, May 30, 2020. 9:30 AM – Shavuot Day 2 service, Yizkor