Shavuot
at Uptown Chabad
Shavuot: June 11 - 13, 2016
Message from the Rabbi
Over 3,326 years ago, every single member of the Jewish Nation stood at the foot of Mount Sinai and received the Torah from G‑d. Since then, the Torah has been the raison d'etre and practical living guide for our People. Each year on the holiday of Shavuot, this historic event is re-lived as the Ten Commandments are read from the Torah. The Torah is our National treasure but also G‑d's personal gift to every single Jew.
Join us in celebrating the day that we received this special present!
Wishing you a happy Shavuot,
Rabbi Moshe & Yehudis Steiner
 
 
10 COMMANDMENTS & ICE CREAM PARTY
HERE'S THE SCOOP...
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Come with your entire family to hear the 10 Commandments read from the Torah, as it was read on Mount Sinai!

Our Sages explain that before G‑d gave the Torah to the Jewish People, He demanded guarantors. The people suggested our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; but these were not sufficient. They cited many other great leaders and people but G‑d did not accept them either! Finally, they declared, "Our children will be our guarantors!" G‑d immediately accepted and agreed to give them the Torah.

The Jewish Children were — and still are — the guarantors and transmitters of the Torah. Our commitment to their education has always been the best assurance to the continuity of Torah and Mitzvoth . When G‑d gave the Torah on Mt. Sinai, every Jewish child was present. Let us ensure that our children will be there this year too!

 
 
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
 
All programs and services take place at 15 Hove Street unless otherwise stated
Friday, June 10 - Eve of Shabbat before Shavuot
Shabbat Candle Lighting: 8:41pm
Saturday, June 11 - Shabbat and Shavuot Eve
Morning Services begin: 9:00am
Light Holiday Candles AFTER: 9:54pm (see blessings in Laws and Customs below)
Shavuot Night Learning Starts: 12:15am (early Sunday morning at Petah Tikvah, details below)
Sunday, June 12 - First Day of Shavuot
Morning Services begin: 9:00am
10 Commandments reading: 10:00am (aprx)
Ice Cream Party at the Park: 3:30pm (at Wilmington Park, details above)
Light Holiday Candles AFTER: 9:54pm  (see blessings in Laws and Customs below)
Monday, June 13 - Second Day of Shavuot
Morning Services begin: 9:00am
Yizkor Memorial Service: 10:30am (aprx)
Holiday Ends: 9:55pm
 
All Night Learning
We've teamed up with some other shuls in the neighbourhood to bring you a fantastic Shavuot learning program.

How to Fight a War and Win, Capital Punishment from the Torah's perspective... these are but a sampling of the topics to be dicussed by Rabbi Steiner and other great presenters.

At 20 DANBY AVENUE

Refreshments will be served. See further details below.

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pre shavout stability ball & torah
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laws & customs

During the course of the holiday we don’t go to work, drive, write, or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook, to kindle a stove with a flame that existed before the holiday (or which was lit from such a flame), and to carry outdoors.

For more on holiday laws, click HERE

 

Saturday,
Sivan 5—June 11

Shavuot eve

It is customary to decorate synagogues and homes with flowers and boughs . All decorations must be completed on Friday before the onset of Shabbat.

The holiday of Shavuot begins tonight.

Women and girls light candles tonight to usher in the first day of the holiday. The flame must be lit from a pre-existing flame that was lit on Friday.

Light candles after 9:54pm and recite the following 2 blessings:

1) BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM AH-SHER KEE-DEH-SHAH-NOO BEH-MITZ-VOH-TAHV VEH-TZEE-VAH-NOO LEH-HAD-LEEK NER SHEL YOHM TOHV.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Yom Tov light.

2) BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM SHEH-HEH-CHEH-YAH-NOO VEH-KEE-YEH-MAH-NOO VEH-HEE-GHEE-AH-NOO LIZ-MAHN HAH-ZEH.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

After the holiday evening prayers, a festive holiday meal, complete with the recitation of the holiday kiddush, is enjoyed. Being that it is Saturday night, special additions are inserted to mark the end of the Shabbat.

On this night it is customary to remain awake and study Torah until dawn.

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Sunday,
Sivan 6—June 12

First day of Shavuot
Torah reading: Exodus 19:1–20:23; Numbers 28:26–31
Haftorah:
Ezekiel 1:1
–28; 3:12

Reading of the Ten Commandments.

All men, women and children should go to the synagogue to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, encouraged the bringing of even the youngest of children to the reading of the Ten Commandments in the synagogue on Shavuot. This is in commemoration of the Jewish people declaring: “Our children are our guarantors [that we will keep the Torah].” This, the Midrash states, was the only guarantee acceptable to G‑d.

The priests bless the congregation with the Priestly Blessing during the Musaf prayer.

Kiddush is recited, and a holiday meal follows.

It is customary to eat dairy foods today. Click here for delicious dairy recipes.

Women and girls light candles tonight to usher in the second day of the holiday. The flame must be lit from a pre-existing flame that was lit on Friday.

Light holiday candles after 9:54pm and recite the following 2 blessings:

1) BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM AH-SHER KEE-DEH-SHAH-NOO BEH-MITZ-VOH-TAHV VEH-TZEE-VAH-NOO LEH-HAD-LEEK NER SHEL YOHM TOHV.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Yom Tov light.

2) BAH-ROOCH AH-TAH AH-DOH-NOI EH-LOH-HEH-NOO MEH-LECH HAH-OH-LAHM SHEH-HEH-CHEH-YAH-NOO VEH-KEE-YEH-MAH-NOO VEH-HEE-GHEE-AH-NOO LIZ-MAHN HAH-ZEH.

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Whoever will say yizkor tomorrow lights a yahrtzeit candle tonight, also from a pre-existing flame.

After the holiday evening prayers, a festive holiday meal, complete with the recitation of the holiday kiddush, is again enjoyed.

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Monday
Sivan 7—June 13

Second day of Shavuot
Torah reading:
Deuteronomy 15:19 –16:17; Numbers 28:26–31
Haftarah:
Habakkuk 2:20
–3:19

The Yizkor memorial service is recited (and charity is pledged) for the souls of departed loved ones.

The priests bless the congregation with the Priestly Blessing during the Musaf prayer.

Kiddush is recited, and a holiday meal follows.

Some communities have the custom to read the Book of Ruth on the second day of Shavuot.

The holiday ends tonight at 9:55pm

 

 
holiday resources
Shavuot Guide
Experience the Ten Commandments
Holiday Insights
Audio & Video
Recipes
Kids Site