Finally! After seven weeks of counting, and intense, soulful preparations, the nation of Israel is poised to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai on the glorious festival of Shavuot. But what does it really mean, to "receive the Torah?" This week's edition of Temple Talk finds Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman reflecting on what a commitment to Torah really means. How does Torah observance effect our lives? How was Shavuot celebrated and observed in the days when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem? Our hosts share insights, inspiration and enthusiasm for the upcoming Festival of Weeks, and well as thrilling news and information on Temple Mount developments, on this week's Shavuot edition of Temple Talk.
This week at the Temple Institute:
THE FESTIVAL OF SHAVUOT: Intimately connected to the land of Israel, Shavuot is the festival of the bringing of the first-fruits to the Holy Temple. Shavuot is also the anniversary of the Sinai revelation and the receiving of Torah by Israel, and since the destruction of the Holy Temple the emphasis of Shavuot has been Torah study. Ultimately, Torah study and the bringing of the first-fruits are both expressions of the centrality of Torah in our lives. When we build the Holy Temple we best exemplify the fulfillment of Torah in this world by the bringing of the first-fruits.
SHAVUOT TWIN LOAVES & FIRST-FRUITS REENACTMENT: This past Sunday, June 1st, the Temple Institute, in cooperation with other Temple organizations, presented a Shavuot Symposium, featuring a reenactment of the special festival Twin Loaves and First Fruit Offerings. This reenactment was conducted by kohanim, (priests of the lineage of Aharon), students of the Temple Institute's recently opened school for kohanim. For more description and breathtaking photographs:
SHAVUOT IN THE HOLY TEMPLE: Learn how Shavuot is observed in the Holy Temple.