Shavuot: Celebrate our Feast of Weeks

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On Sunday evening, 5/17/2021, celebrate the Festival of Shavuot Mishkan Shalom in collaboration with Pnai Or, Philadelphia, and with friends and guest teachers will be sharing offerings throughout the night as we open to what the Torah of our times has to reveal to us. We will include connection and preparation time from 7:30-8:00pm, Evening Service from 8:00-8:30pm, then a variety of learning sessions, meditation, discussion and song concluding with a midnight chanting of the Prophet Ezekiel's message. More details to come!

 


Shavuot: Revelation and Release
Preparing for Shavuot:

Read Rabbi Shawn Zevit's blogpost by clicking on the link above.

Learn about Shavuot Traditions

The Ten Commandments, Revelation -- receiving the Law -- at Sinai, having an all-night study session, reading from the Book of Ruth, eating dairy foods, King David, papercutting...many traditions are associated with this third of the traditonal pilgrimage holidays. For a quick guide, click here.

Staying Mindful on Shavuot

Shavuot urges us to engage our imagination, to cultivate awe. It also calls us to listen for the Ten Devarim (“10 utterances,” not “commandments,” as named in the Torah) and consider their meaning in our lives.                              

-- Rabbi Yael Levy, from Staying Mindful on Shavuot, published in the Jewish Exponent

Read Rabbi Yael's beautiful article, including her interpretation of The Ten Utterances, by clicking on the link above.

Shavuot 5782/Sunday Evening, May 16, 2021:

On Sunday evening, 5/16/2021, celebrate the Festival of Shavuot --Mishkan Shalom in collaboration with Pnai Or, Philadelphia, and with friends and guest teachers will be sharing offerings throughout the night as we open to what the Torah of our times has to reveal to us. We will include connection and preparation time from 7:30-8:00pm, Evening Service from 8:00-8:30pm, then a variety of learning sessions, meditation, discussion and song concluding with a midnight chanting of the Prophet Ezekiel's message.

7:30pm- Gathering at the foot of the mountain- arrive quietly for welcoming and centering and connection practice 8:00-8:30pmErev Shavuot service 8:30- 9:00pm- Offering #1- chanting the Aseret Hadibrot/The Ten Utterances) 9:00-9:15PM- live chant/music-  9:15pm- 9:45pm- Offering #2- Guided Meditation of Revelation, healing and the Journey to Sinai within. 10:00 - 10:30 - Offering # 3 - The Sacred Torah on the Mount Was Given with the Shofar Shout : Meanings and Reasons of the Ram's Horn Blasts   We begin with a meditative niggun, an unpacking of mediaeval rabbinic teachings - further concepts and images.  The evocative Shofar Sounds  poem offers us a guided meditation, followed by by singing one full sequence of Shofar sounds to focus our interior intentions on re-living the experience of Revelation of Torah to the sounds of Shofar. 10:30 ish-11:00 PM- "What is the Torah that has been revealed to you in light of recent and ongoing global crises in climate and racial justice, personal and communal in the year since we last gathered at the foot of the mountain together? Where is the journey of grief and loss as well as connection, creativity and change calling you to live in response?" 11:00pm- 11:30pmOffering #4- "groupchat" with the ancestors who gather with us at Sinai  11:30-11:35 pm— brief niggun interlude 11:35 - Midnight - Offering # 5- “Cramming” for the “BIG TEST”: Integrating the S’firot Within and Outside Us.   Midnight- Chanting from the Book of Ezekiel to mark the midnight hour and deepen the Shavuot experience.   12:15-12:30pm- closing
To continue after 12:30am: Recon Judaism- offerings on the hour through dawn: Shavuot All Night Learning - Event - Congregation Beth Evergreen
Or the Center City Kehillah offerings before our program begins and the next day: https://centercityjews.org/shavuot-2021/  

Shavuot Resources from Rabbi Shawn Zevit and the Reconstructionist Movement

Listen to Heart, Mind and Spirit [audio program on Shavuot]

Resources from Reconstructing Judaism

Resources from the Shalom Center

 

Shavuot Resources from Rabbi Yael Levy

The Infinite Breaks Through: A Teaching for Shavuot from Rabbi Yael

Tending the Fire: Jewish Mindfulness Teachings and Suggestions for Practice

Resources for a Mindfulness approach to experiencing Shavuot found here: A Way In: Center for Jewish Mindfulness.

 

Wishing you a Hag Sameah...a happy holiday!

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