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Shavuot 5781

“The religious Jew is to study Torah for the sake of studying Torah. Torah lishmah. The ingenuity of the edict, I realized, was that it relieved you of the obligation to be qualified. You studied because you had to study, and those who taught had to take you as a student.”
― Judith Shulevitz, The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time

Sunday evening, May 16, 2021
Many light a yahrzeit candle prior to Festival Candles (no later than 7:42 pm) in order to transfer fire for lighting candles on the second night (not before 8:43 pm) of Shavuot or cooking during the holiday – permitted actions on a festival – which remains burning through the rest of the festival.

Leil Shavuot
Ma’ariv service, Zoom 8:00 pm.
Light festival candles at home with two blessings (ner shel yom tov and shehechiyanu) no later than 7:42 pm.
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Betwixt and Between; Where Holiness Happens 
Join us on Erev Shavuot for a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a night of learning, praying, and being together in the unknown. View the learning schedule and register.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Online services 9:00 am.
Our guest, scholar-not-in-residence, Rabbi Adam Greenwald will give the sermon, as well as a “kiddush learning” via zoom - BYO kiddush!

Kiddush Learning: Sinai Re-visited: Elijah's Mountaintop Moment
The Bible is full of subversive sequels, retellings of familiar tales with a profound twist. We'll engage in a close reading of the Book of Kings and join Elijah as he retraces Moses' steps to the place where it all began one Shavuot eve so long ago -- and meets God who is nothing like what he (or we) had been led to expect. 

Light festival candles (ner shel yom tov and shehechiyanu) no earlier than 8:43 pm for the second day of Shavuot, from a pre-existing flame. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Online services 9:00am (Yizkor Services are approximately 10:30 am)

In-person, outside services (pre-registration required): 9:15am

The Festival concludes at 8:44 pm with ma’ariv and havdallah online

Temple Israel wishes you and yours a sweet, healthy, learning-filled Shavuot 5781.

Thu, December 2 2021 28 Kislev 5782