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Spend Shavuot with IJV!

May 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 11:30 pm EDT

IJV’s Online Chavurah is having a Shavuot study session on Thursday, May 25 at 7 pm Eastern Time.

You must register in advance to attend this event on Zoom

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What do we celebrate on Shavuot?

Shavuot in the Bible is exclusively an agricultural holiday. Nowhere in the Bible is Shavuot linked to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Why, then, do we celebrate the “giving of the Torah at Sinai” on Shavuot?

We will explore a lesser known Jewish text called the Book of Jubilees that could provide us with some clues as to how Shavuot became the festival of the giving of the Torah at Sinai.

If time permits (on Shavuot we are supposed to stay up all night studying!), we will also explore what exactly was given at Mount Sinai according to the Torah and according to the rabbis (hint: not the Torah).

Come prepared with plenty of fluids and food in case the session ends up being two hours or more (we will NOT stay up all night!)

We look forward to celebrating Shavuot with you!

 About IJV’s Online Chavurah 

IJV’s Online Chavurah is a non-Zionist space where we can build connections with like-minded people. All viewpoints are valuable, and we encourage participants to share their own unique thoughts and experiences. This is not a group meant to debate differences in opinion but to share and support each other’s learning.IJV’s Online Chavurah does not presuppose any theology nor any particular knowledge about anything other than one’s own life. It uses a group format to explore Jewish text, liturgy and theology, providing time for participants to discover new meaning in old writings.