Shavuot at Or Shalom

shavuos-banner2Tikkun Ley’l Shavuot

Saturday, May 23, 9 pm-midnight

Join Rabbi Louis for a late night study session.*

The custom is to decorate the shul with greenery and eat dairy products – expect cheesecake and blintzes!

Please bring your favourite dairy dessert to share.

*If you would like to lead a 45-minute session at this service, please speak to him.


Shavuot services

Sunday, May 24, 10 am

Yizkor is observed on the second day (the first day at Or Shalom) and the full Hallel is recited.

Shavuot: The end of a Week of Weeks

 Shavuot is primarily a festive agricultural holy day in the Torah celebrating the grain harvest. The first fruits were also brought to the Temple. It has also become, by tradition, the day that we received the Torah on Mt. Sinai from God.

Numerous traditions have sprung up around Shavuot primarily because Torah says so little about this day. One of the most interesting ones was instituted by the Kabbalists, which is the custom of staying up all night on the first night of Shavuot. During this time we study and learn from each other. The tradition states that we do this to atone (repair or tikkun) for having overslept during the night of the original revelation.

 Shavuot is a two-day festival (observed only one day here at Or Shalom and one day in Israel).

 Please Rabbi Louis know if you would like to offer a Tikkun Ley’l Shavuot study session. It can be on any subject related to Judaism. Stories, poems, texts, chanting, puzzles, questions, answers, songs, ideas are all welcome.




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