Tonight we observe the holy day of Shavuot. The Feast of Weeks. For seven weeks we have counted the omer, marking off with anticipation and excitement our journey from Passover and freedom to this moment at the foot of Mt. Sinai. We are here! Soon God will reveal the Torah to us. One tradition says all Jews were at Sinai. Even us. Even those who are alive in 2011! Sinai is an eternal moment not just a moment in time. The Torah is being revealed to us continuously. Over and over again with ancient thoughts and contemporary ideas. This is an amazing thought that we are still discovering new ideas, new revelations from a God who seeks a deeper understanding and relationship with each one of us.
As we counted the omer we explored the deep,mystical map of God. Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod, and Malchut, 7 of the sephirot of the Mystical tree. These aspects of God are also part of the revelation and it is up to each one of us to incorporate these into the world. After all we were created in the Divine Image.
So light candles tonight, lift a kiddish cup in praise and thanksgiving for life, and for the Torah. Open your heart and come celebrate the revelation that you are an ongoing part of!
See you at 7 pm for our Shavuot celebration. Chag Sameach.
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From someone who really never knew about Shavuot growing up I am inspired to re-recieve the Torah this year and continue to learn all of it’s many teachings! Thank you Rabbi Eger for your motivating words.