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From Rabbi Joe Eiduson

    Shavuot has always been one of the most important days in the Jewish calendar. In earliest times, it was an agricultural holiday in honor of the harvest. During the centuries that the Temple stood in Jerusalem, Shavuot became a pilgrimage festival along with Sukkot and Pesach. These three Holy Days are called the Shalosh Regalim and were occasions of special offerings and worship.

    After the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.) Shavuot took on a new interpretation. It became known as Zeman Mattan Toratenu, the Anniversary of the Giving of our Torah. The ancient Rabbis focused on a second meaning of the word Shavuot, that of “oaths,” especially the oath of the Jewish People to uphold the covenant sworn at Mount Sinai. To uphold that sacred oath, it is appropriate, therefore, that we have chosen the occasion of Shavuot to celebrate the academic achievements of our 10th grade Confirmation Class. Our congregation will celebrate Confirmation which will occur on the eve of Shavuot on Sunday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. The Confirmation/Shavuot creative service will be led by our Confirmands and will take place outside in the rear parking lot.

    Welcoming our Confirmands into the Congregation is an inspiring moment not only for friends and family, but for all members of Congregation B’nai Shalom. Just as our ancestors presented their first fruits at the Temple on Shavuot, the members of the Confirmation class present themselves as Jews ready to affirm their adult religious commitments. The tradition of Confirmation is a unique expression of our Reform heritage. We look forward to celebrating Shavuot with you!

Rabbi Joe Eiduson, RJE

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyar 5781