Significance of the Giving of the Torah
The Commitment of Being Jewish
How is Shavuot essential to establishing our Jewish identity?
Letters of the Chazon Ish, vol. 1 Ch. 37 – toiling in Torah study brings a person to exalted levels of spiritual awareness and understanding.
What role do the mitzvot play in actualizing our mission?
Rambam, Mishneh Torah, end of Hilchot Temurah (the laws of Temurah) – the mitzvot (commandments) are G-d’s instructions and advice for living and improving our middot (character traits).
Rabbi Chaim Friedlander, Sifsei Chaim, p. 128 – the purpose of the Torah is to transform the material world into a vessel for spirituality.
The 10 Commandments
Based on Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch, Shemot 20:14 – The Ten Commandments prepared the Jewish people for the remainder of the Torah .
What are the customs of Shavuot holiday and what do they symbolize?
Staying up late
Eating Dairy Foods
Decorating the Synagogue