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Shavuot 2021: Standing at Sinai, Reconstructing Pathways to Justice

Hosted By: Reconstructing Judaism

Join us in honoring Shavuot with 15 hours of communing through story, study, shared silence and song, celebrating the ‘first fruits of the flourishing our redemption,’ and continuing the pilgrimage in pursuit of justice and peace near and far.

We will use a single Zoom link for all the sessions, offering an array of topics for study and types of engagement led by a variety of teachers and leaders from across the movement. We will also conclude with a live Shavuot morning service.

Maamad Sinai translates as ‘Standing [at] Sinai.’ Centuries ago, the sages linked the Feast of Weeks [Shavuot] and First Fruits [Biqurim] to the mythic event of standing together at Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah. This year, let us extend the metaphor, hearing in the phrase maamad sinai a renewed calling to take a stand, up-standing rather than by-standing. Just as the Amidah, or standing devotional prayer, customarily begins by taking a series of steps back and forward, so too our preparation for the dawning of a season for harvesting change shall begin with standing and stepping forward, each of us with a unique and valued offering and story to share.

 

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