Today is 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.
Without Torah, the uniqueness of our people would not exist.
Without Torah, we would not have a common vocabulary for our faith.
Without Torah the wilderness of life would be more difficult to navigate.
Last Friday night, we celebrated the transmission of Torah throughout the generations through our confirmation service, as 7 students 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.
Today I encourage all of us to set aside a sacred moment for Torah as well. 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. Whatever path you might choose to take, spend a moment embracing the ancient festival of Shavuot, and consider your place in the ever-unfolding story of our people.