Shavuot - Some information about the holiday to prepare

The least well known of the major Jewish festivals, Shavuot celebrates revelation at Mount Sinai. The Torah presents Shavuot, or the Festival of Weeks, as an agricultural holiday. It celebrates the end of the spring harvest. It was the rabbis who later infused more meaning into the holiday by interpreting that it was the exact moment the Israelites received the Torah at Mount Sinai. Just seven weeks after leaving slavery in Egypt and wandering into the desert, they are presented with God’s word. Unlike the other two major festivals, Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot is only a one day (two in the diaspora) holiday. It is considered a Yom Tov and therefore we observe the prohibitions similar to Sha

Study Talmud on Line. It's fun!

For more years then I even know, MKT has had a weekly Talmud class. The Talmud is the ancient compendium of Jewish law that was compiled between 200-500 B.C.E. I inherited the program from my predecessor Rabbi Wiederhorn and we have been meeting consistently since I got here. We are currently enmeshed in the study of Tractate Baba Metzia. Baba Metzia deals with things like civil disputes, the return of lost objects, usury, guardianship of property and more. The class is often the highlight of my week, as it allows me to immerse myself in Talmud study with others. It brings me back to my days in rabbinical school when we would all be sitting around the Bet Midrash, the study hall, arguing ove

Two fascinating books in Rabbi's Summer Book Series

Last year I started a tradition of having a summer book club. While the regular MKT book club was on summer hiatus, I thought it might be a nice idea to choose a couple of books with a modern Israel theme. Last year we read Yossi Klein Halevi’s, “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation” and Ari Shavit’s, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.” Both books forced us to take a deep look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict even as rockets were launched against Israel and the Israeli army invaded Gaza. This summer I have chosen another two books which once again force us to come to terms with the conflict that has waged since

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