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Shavuot: Giving and/or Receiving the Torah?

Hosted By: Am Haskalah

The festival of Shavuot is also known in our tradition as z’man matan toratenu—“the time of the giving of our Torah.” While in the Bible the holiday marks the wheat harvest, it has become primarily a commemoration of the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai to Moses and the Israelites. But what exactly was revealed to our ancestors, according to the traditional sources? How can Jews who do not believe in revelation on Mount Sinai celebrate Shavuot? What difference does it make if one remembers the “giving” or the “receiving” of the Torah? These are just some of the questions we will discuss on May 16 at 1 pm together with Congregation Am Haskalah and Student Rabbi Armin Langer, who will present both traditional and contemporary Jewish teachings on Shavuot. Free and open to all.

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