The holiday of Shavuot hearkens back to the most important event in Jewish history. After the departure from Egypt we traveled to Sinai to receive the Torah. Shavuot is the holiday that marks this event. It is the holiday of the covenant that marks our significance in the world. Without Sinai the idea of God being in a caring relationship with humans is absent.
Today the idea of the Torah being given is somewhat hard for people to grasp. We have become so good at literary criticism or biblical critique that we have lost appreciation for our scroll. Even if Torah or Bible was created by human being and only recorded the stories of ancient times, even this is a miracle. What we often fail to appreciate is that when we use the term ‘The Bible’ or for that matter ‘The Torah’ we are referring to a small fraction of the written word that existed in ancient times. What we refer to with the article ‘The’ is that which survived.
Even Torah makes reference to books that no longer exist. Deuteronomy had to ‘be found’ in excavations on the Temple and declared ‘kosher’ during the reign of King Josiah. The bottom line is that regardless of the origin of our sacred texts, the texts survived…and this is a miracle too.
So as we again celebrate a holiday by eating, let us remember and feel the history of our holiday. The book of Ezekiel describes the prophet eating a scroll and the scroll tasting like honey. Perhaps our Torah scrolls don’t taste that sweet (and we won’t be testing them) yet appreciating the inheritance that is ours might be as honey on our tongues.
Announcement! Temple Beth Shalom’s annual meeting will take place on Friday, June 12th, at 7 PM, prior to our Friday night services. We will review our year, including finances, honor our teachers and honor our board members who are stepping down, and elect our new board. After services, we will enjoy a lovely oneg in our social hall. Please join us! No need to RSVP. No snail mail will be sent, this is your notification.
Sisterhood Shavuot Cheesecake Bake-Off
Just two weeks remain before Sisterhood’s special Oneg and fundraiser! Now’s the time to sign-up for our Cheesecake Bake-Off to be held following Shabbat services on Friday evening, May 22nd.
Hosted in conjunction with the TBS Shavuot dinner and activities, all proceeds from our Bake-Off will be designated for the Mary Kropp Camp and Israel Fund which, in turn, directly benefits the students in our Religious School.
Your generous donations of tasty cheesecakes will enable Sisterhood to accomplish this very important fundraising goal!
To participate, bake two cheesecakes. One will be for sampling; and another (whole) cheesecake will be raffled-off and taken home to be enjoyed by a lucky winner.
Although not required, recipe-sharing is encouraged! Also, please note any pertinent dietary aspects of your cheesecake, such as sugar-free, nut-free or gluten-free.
In this week’s e-Megillah and on the website, an informational flyer is presented regarding the upcoming Shavuot events and activities. The advisement includes information regarding advance purchase of raffle tickets. They are being sold for one dollar a piece or six for five dollars and will be available for sale the night of the event.
Please be sure to drop-off your cheesecakes no later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd.
Thank you for your support of Sisterhood and Temple Beth Shalom!
Yours in Sisterhood,
Emily Audra Fleisher