(Part 1 of 2) If you were asked what we remember on Shavuot, what would you say? The giving of the Torah, right? But the Biblical commandment to celebrate Shavuot doesn’t even mention receiving the Torah! Instead, we hear that Shavuot is a harvest holiday, a day to remember that God took us out of Egypt, a day to be joyful with our families and to include others in our celebration. So which one is it: a harvest festival or a commemoration of the Revelation at Sinai?
In this episode, Rabbi Fohrman embarks upon a sweeping journey, closing the mysterious gap between the Biblical Shavuot and Shavuot as we know it – and most importantly, uncovering the hidden depth in this all-important holiday.
You can find Rabbi Fohrman’s course on the Book of Ruth here: The Meaning of the Book of Ruth
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