DAY 703: Revealing God’s Torah — Celebrating Shavuot

June 3, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 703: Revealing God’s Torah — Celebrating Shavuot

Dear Hevreh,

During this past Shabbat and Annual Meeting, I shared my philosophy of Unique Torah — how the Unique Stories of our lives can turn into the teachings of our Unique Torah when we share it and connect it so something greater than ourselves. This philosophy is not only predicated on expanding the definition of “Torah” from the Torah read on the bimah to the Torah (i.e. teachings) we learn from our relationships and our personal experiences of life, but also to seeing this expanded definition of Torah as having the potential to be exalted, godly, and divine, as if it was also revealed by God at Mt. Sinai.

As such, our celebration of Shavuot, in which we recall how God revealed Torah to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, will focus on opportunities to share lots of different kinds of Torah — from our written Torah, from the teachings of our rabbis, and from the stories of our lives — in the hopes of experiencing all of it as divinely revealed. These opportunities include…

  • Tonight’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot, 8 pm at my house (325 Rector Street — Please RSVP) — we will learn some teachings from the rabbis, sing some songs, tell some stories, and offer l’hayyims to the powerful experiences of our lives. (Delicious cheesecake and coffee will be provided. All are invited to bring dairy desserts as well)
  • Second Day of Shavuot — NO communal services, but I encourage each one of us to learn a little Torah during the day (however we personally define the word “Torah,”) and then share it with our community in our Facebook group,“We Are Beth Mordecai”).

 

May this holiday of Shavuot help us discover how Torah in its many forms, including the Unique Torah of our lives, can also be God’s revealed Torah.

Hag sameah,

Rabbi Ari Saks

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