Staying up all night? To STUDY? Davening at 5 in the morning? It doesn’t sound like something that most people would go for, yet it’s one of the highlights of the festival of Shavuot here at Havurat Shalom.
Shavuot is the commemoration of the Israelites receiving the Torah. Based on the legend that the heavens will open on Shavuot, the tradition is to stay up and study the night away in the hopes of seeing this divine sight. The occasion begins at 11:30 p.m. at the Havurah with the Ma’ariv (evening) service. Beginning at midnight, four individuals teach, each about a topic of his or her choice. No one knows what each person will teach, yet, amazingly, the connections among the different topics are many and varied—nearly as varied as the snacks! The culmination of the night is the morning davening, which includes the regular service, the reading of the Ten Commandments and Yizkor (the memorial service).
By 7 a.m. in the morning, we will be heading for breakfast and a well-deserved rest. There’s something special and spiritually intimate about spending an entire night in learning and discussion. Please come and join us this year, for all or for any part!+ More... - Less...
Until Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00 am
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