'Cheesecake is nice - but that's not the essence of the holiday'

Chief Rabbi's special message before Shavuot: 'Main thing is to sit with the kids, learn, and remember - the Torah belongs to all of us.'

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Rabbi David Lau
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Ahead of the Shavuot holiday. which starts Tuesday night, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau had a special message to convey to the Jewish people.

“The Shavuot holiday will soon be upon us, the holiday of the giving of the Torah. A holiday in which we can take advantage of the opportunity to again return to our essence, and to the name that they always called us: ‘The people of the book.’

This is a nation that bequeaths the values contained in the Ten Commandments, which they will read in the synagogue on the morning of the Shavuot holiday.

This is a nation that expresses lofty values contained in the Torah. And this is our opportunity as parents - let us sit with our children, let us take advantage of the opportunity to study with them, read with them, and to learn again those lofty values which express that we are, indeed, the People of the Book - the nation of Israel.

So - we will enjoy the cheesecakes [customary on Shavuot], but that is not the essence of the holiday.

The main aspect of the holiday is to sit with the children, to learn, and to remember - the Torah belongs to all of us.

So let’s study it, and take as much as we can from the holiday - may it be a happy one.”



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