Time to Celebrate!

What? What are we celebrating?
Shavuot? What is that?
It is the festival of weeks…we end the anticipatory period of counting the weeks from Passover to TONIGHT!
In the times of the Temple it was the festival of the wheat harvest (but the crops on Bloor Street are a bit behind this season) and is also the celebration of the receiving of the Torah!
Torah? What is the Torah?
It depends on who you ask 😉 The Torah can be thought of as the Jewish Bible, but it also refers to the accumulated wisdom, laws and stories of the Jewish People. It begins with the five books of Moses, followed by the Prophets and the Writings and then the oral tradition that was written down as the Talmud. But it doesn’t stop there… many Jews will say that the wisdom that is accumulated by Jews throughout the centuries is all a part of the Torah! So, we are celebrating the receiving of wisdom, from the time of Moses all the way to us today.
How do we celebrate?
Traditionally we celebrate by staying up all night learning Torah and eating dairy (which is the Official Food for the holiday)! We will be having a Tikkun Leil Shavuot (that is the name for this all night learning party), right here at the MNjcc tonight (from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)! Please come join us (even just for an hour)! We are expecting 400 people for learning, laughing, cheesecake and ice cream.
How else does the MNjcc celebrate?
By getting excited about all that we have learned this year! You could take a moment and reflect on a lesson from this past year, or find someone to teach you something new, or find someone to share a nugget of wisdom with!
Chag Sameiach (Happy Holiday)!
Join us tonight (Tuesday, June 7) at the MNjcc (750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto) for our third annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot beginning at 9:00 p.m. There’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy – and plenty of food to eat. Stay for an hour or spend the night and watch the sun rise with us on our rooftop.


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