Ever feel lost? We began Bamidbar this week—Book 4 of the original, best selling 5 book series. Literally, “in the wilderness,” it is the story of the 39 years of “wandering.” Shavuot always falls within the reading of this book. Shavuot is the time of the giving of the Torah.
Why give the Torah in the wilderness you might ask?
The Rabbis give many answers. Here are two.
First, if you were lost in the wilderness, wouldn’t you want a map or guidebook? Torah is the ultimate guide for our lives which can sometimes feel like a wilderness.
Second, “wilderness” is generally ownerless territory. It belongs to all. So too, the wisdom of the Torah belongs to and is accessible to all. Like the wilderness, the Torah may also be difficult to traverse and find your way, so it is helpful to have those who can serve as your guides.
This Shabbat we learn with Jodi Gross, Adat Shalom’s Director of Adult Learning. With her guidance, we will explore what it means to be counted in the wilderness and how, like our ancestors, we seek a balance between how we matter as individuals and how we contribute to the greater good of our communities. We hope you can make it. 9:45 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel. Come as you are and stay as long as you like.
If learning is your cup of tea and you have a real thirst for knowledge, then you will be delighted to know that we have our annual Tikkun Leyil Shavuot this coming Tuesday night, May 30th starting at 8:00 p.m. During the study sessions, we will enjoy a light nosh including the traditional Shavuot dessert-cheesecake. Rabbi Bergman, Rabbi Shere and Hazzan Gross will teach on a theme of “These Are a Few of My Favorite Texts.” Whether you come to learn at Adat Shalom or at any of the other wonderful learning opportunities around our community—take advantage of the opportunity!
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameyach,