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Shavuot 2023

Shavuot is the festival which celebrates when God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is Hebrew for “weeks,” and this holiday symbolizes the seven weeks during which the Israelites traveled through the desert after their Exodus from Egypt. This holiday marks the fourth and final time during the Jewish calendar when we say Yizkor prayers.

Thursday, May 25, Tikkun Leil Shavuot

6:30 p.m. Kolot Yisrael – Voices of UH Discussion “What’s a Mitzvah” 
In common usage, a mitzvah often means “a good deed”—as in “Do a mitzvah and help Mrs. Goldstein with her packages.” This usage is quite old—the Jerusalem Talmud commonly refers to any charitable act as “the mitzvah.” The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah. But are these 613 mitzvot, all charitable acts or “good deeds?” As we celebrate Shavuot and the gift of Torah, join us for a discussion of mitzvot and what they mean to us as Jews living in 2023.
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7:30 p.m. Erev Shavuot Service with Yizkor
Millstone Sanctuary and livestream

8:30 p.m. Shavuot Oneg

9:00 p.m. “Late night” Shavuot Study session with Rabbi David Reinhart
Register here.

Friday, May 26, Shavuot Shabbat Service at 6:00 p.m.
Millstone Sanctuary and livestream
There will be an ice cream truck after services. Our Shinshinit, Inbar, will give the D’var Israel. This will be her last service at UH.

For more on the history and traditions of Shavuot, click here.