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“…you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week — fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to Adonai” –Lev. 23:15-16

Beginning on the eve of the second day of Passover, the Omer is counted each evening, signifying our preparation and building anticipation for the receiving of the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot, which begins this Thursday evening. Torah has always been the heart of Jewish communal life. As the Israelites wandered in the desert, the Mishkan containing the Ark of the Covenant was always at the center of the camp, with the tribes of Israel camped around it.

Torah is at the heart of our community as well. Torah and love of Judaism brings us together. At our Erev Shavuot service on Thursday at 8:00 pm, four members of our community who regularly participate in Shabbat morning Torah study will speak about how that learning enriches their lives. Just as the Israelites brought a gift on Shavuot, Marc Bendeth, Merrill Fliederbaum, Lee Jacob and Andy Trevers will bring a very special offering of the heart; they will share their love of Torah with all of us. Please join us for this special Zoom service, and “receive Torah” in observance of Shavuot.

Rabbi Bellush