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Shavuot 2020

Please see this Shavuot packet for readings, shiurim, dvar Torah, trivia, and even a recipe for cheesecake!

So many ways to celebrate Shavuot!

 1) We are coming together with other shuls in the Chicagoland area to prepare for Shavuot through Torah learning. Beginning this Motzei Shabbat (May 23) and continuing through Wednesday night (May 27), each night there will be four shiurim from the Rabbis and Rebbetzins of local shuls. Each shiur will be 30 minutes, and they will all take place in the same zoom room (link to be provided soon). I will teach on Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00 pm, but you're encouraged you to go to as a many of these as you can! Visit for more details.

2) DNG Sisterhood will have a special women's pre-Shavuot learning, led by Chava Avner on Wednesday, May 27, at 7:30 pm. The topic will be "Ruth and the Spiritual DNA We Receive from Her as Chesed."  Zoom information coming soon.
3) We are joining together as a Jewish community to finish learning the entire Tanach and Mishna over Shavuot. If every member chooses one (or more) chapter from either Tanach and/or Mishna, then together we can complete it all. Click here to choose your chapter! It’s a great way to feel a sense of learning together even while physically apart.
4) We will celebrate together on Sunday, May 31
, at 11:00 am with a communal siyum and a concert with Eitan Katz! It will be a beautiful way to celebrate all of the learning that we’ve done and will continue to do.
5) Before Shavuot, I will send out some learning materials and resources for you to enjoy over Yom Tov. I can’t send you coffee, but I hope that they’ll be interesting enough to keep you awake and energized late into the night!
Many have asked, why did we receive the Torah at Har Sinai, a small mountain in the middle of the desert, and not in Israel? One reason is to teach us that Torah is relevant everywhere. It’s not just for Israel, not just for shul, not just for school, and, in fact, not limited to any specific place, time, or person. Torah is accessible and alive everywhere, anytime, and to everyone. As much as we wish we could be in shul learning together on Shavuot, this year we have the opportunity to show Hashem and ourselves that if the only place we can learn Torah is by ourselves at our own dining room table- then that’s what we’ll do!

Chag sameach!

Rabbi Fox 

Sun, September 27 2020 9 Tishrei 5781