The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot) CHAPTER 6 And you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest… (Exodus [Shemot] 34:22 NAS). You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord … Continue reading The Festival of Pentecost (Shavuot)

Shavuot

Regarding the giving of the Torah, the Torah states (Shemot 19): “And they travelled from Refidim and they arrived at the Sinai Desert and they camped in the desert; and Israel camped there opposite the mountain.” Rabbeinu Chaim ben Atar, the saintly “Or Ha’Chaim,” asks that in the previous verses the Torah states, “On the third month of the Jewish nation leaving Egypt, on this … Continue reading Shavuot

Parsha Yisro

UNIVERSAL TORAH: YISRO By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: YISRO Exodus 18:1-20:23 Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 (Sephardi ritual: 6:1-13). WE ARE ALL CONVERTS It is fitting that the parshah which tells of the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is named after Yisro (Jethro), Moses’ father-in-law — a convert. Indeed, all those who witnessed the Giving of the Torah were “converts”. Thus (as noted in … Continue reading Parsha Yisro