Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shavuot Is the Yahrtzeit of King David!

Shavuot Is the Yahrtzeit of King David! This I didnt know!
What a wonderful video of the essential meaning and Mitzvot of this Holiday. I was so caught up this week about which cheesecake I wanted to make and the food I would serve that I "forgot" that there is a deep meaning behind the day.

This is the day that we received the Torah on Har Sinai. When Moshe Rabbeinu came down and told us the 10 commandments. The most amazing event ever. G-d spoke first and gave the commandments, all of them simultaneously. The Jewish nation were all there witnessing this tremendous event together on Shabbat morning, Sivan 2448. Their neshamot actually left their bodies with tremendous force and entered again, they actually passed out after hearing each commandment and had to be resurrected each time. His voice was so great that they fled to the end of the camp and the Angels had to retrieve them and put them back to their places. After the first two commandments the B'nai Yisrael were so frightened that they begged Moshe to give the rest of the commandments. Hashem's voice broke the cedar trees because it reverberated with such force. (source The Midrash Says, Book of Shemot pp.180-182) This is so hard to fathom, the enormity of such an event!!!

This event was witnessed by the entire nation of Yisrael, not just one or two people.

"And the entire nation saw the voices and the thunder, and the sound of the shofar, and the mountain was consumed with smoke. The people saw and were frightened; therefore they stood at a distance. They said to Moses, "You speak to us and we will hear, but G-d shall not speak to us lest we die." (Exodus 20:15-16)

I also of course love that he mentioned Jewish unity, which is so important. Jewish unity and loving our fellow Jew no matter where they are in their observance. This is so important! Every Jew has a neshama! Every Jew is loved and important to Hashem! If Hashem loves all Jews then we must all make an effort to love each other and not point out all our differences in disgust as if we are better, or more right. Every faction of Orthodoxy has validity. And every Jew, even if they are not observant is precious. We all have something else to contribute to the tapestry of Judaism. My ideals are very lofty. But I truely believe that this is the path to greeting the Moshiach Tzidkeinu in our days,  and we can once again bring the offerings to the Temple in Yerushalayim. Amen.

CHAG SAMEACH to you and yours!

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