Two weeks ago, our congregation celebrated the transmission of Torah at our confirmation service, as 13 students (our largest class ever) affirmed their faith and their commitments to our heritage. Each of these students embraced the scroll and received a personal blessing in front of the ark. Through this ritual, we re-enacted the receiving of Torah in a very special way.
This weekend invites each of us to do the same, as Jews around the world will be observing the Festival of Shavuot. This ancient festival commemorates the receiving of Torah at Mount Sinai and marks the starting point of our history as a people and a faith. It is a festival that reminds us that the process of revelation is ongoing as we apply the teachings of Judaism to the realities of the world around us.
In the spirit of Shavuot, I encourage all of us to set aside some sacred time for Torah. We might explore a Jewish concept on the internet, read a passage from the Bible or even take a walk outside and find inspiration through God’s works of creation. Some congregations in Houston offer Torah study sessions called Leil Tikun Shavuot. These all night sessions will begin Saturday evening and continue through sun rise. They are open all who may be interested, so you might consider attending a night of learning.
Whatever path you might choose to take, spend some time this weekend considering the glorious truths that are reveled to us every day. Spend time with family; spend time in nature; and most of all, spend time considering your place in the ever-unfolding story of our faith and heritage.