Shavuos: Class #2

“All holidays are opportunities” Each one has a unique agricultural name. Each holiday is only part of the process. “What is the holiday of Shavuos?” Commemorates the Relevation of Mt. Sinai. “Why only 1 day when both Pesach and Succos are more?”The Talmud calls Shavuos by the

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Shavuos: Class

Topics covered in this class: I. Oddities of the Shavuos Holiday II. Customs of Shavuos III. Standing during the reading of the Decalogue I. Oddities of the Shavuos holiday. Shavous is a strange holiday. For a few reasons: The Torah gives it no specific date unto itself.

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Tentative Pesach Seder Schedule

7:00 P.M. Shkiya 7:30 8:00 P.M. Maariv 8:15 P.M. Begin Seder Assume 45 min for Kadesh, Urchatz, Karpas, and Yachatz 9:00 P.M. Maggid Approximately one hour 10:00 P.M. Preliminary steps for the meal Assume 45 min for Rachtzah, Motzi Matza, Maror, and Korech 10:45 P.M. Shulchan Orech

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Omer – Making It Count

We are presently in the midst of the mitzvah to count the Omer. The commandment to count the Omer is one of the more curious prescriptions of the Torah. We are told to count the 49 days between Passover – the day of the Exodus from Egypt,

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Fifty Levels

After the Jewish people were freed from subjugation in Egypt to serve God, the first step in that service was to strive for perfection. That striving took the form of counting seven complete weeks, 49 complete days, until the giving of the Torah on the fiftieth day.

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Lag Ba’Omer

During the days from Pesach to Shavuos we count the Omer. The thirty-third day of the count, Lag B’Omer, is not a holiday, but it has a festive spirit. We don’t say tachanun (supplications to Hashem) and we celebrate by lighting bonfires at night. What are we

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One Heart

Author: Pinchas Morse The start of a new zman is always a time of renewal – renewed energy, renewed commitment to learning and a renewal of goals. The summer zman is always special starting as it does soon after Pesach during the counting of the Omer towards

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Gedolim on the 48 Ways

Sefiras HaOmer – Preparation for Accepting the Torah From the book, “Divrei Aggada”, HaRav HaGaon R’ Yosef SholomEliashev Shlita The Torah says (Vayikra 23:15) the Mitzvah of Sefiras HaOmer is that the weeks should be, ‘Tamim‘, ‘complete, perfect’. The Medrash (Vayikra Rabba 28:3) says, ‘R’ Chiya asks, ‘when are the weeks complete?  When the Jewish People fulfill the will of their Creator.’ The answer given is:  These seven weeks are weeks that the

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