(EJNews) – Shavuot is a very special holiday that commemorates the Israelites receiving the ten commandments from G-d on Mount Sinai. It is celebrated 7 weeks after Passover, and begins this year on the evening of June 11.
It is customary to stay up all night learning Torah on the first night of Shavuot and once again a community-wide night of learning will be held at Talmud Torah School on June 11 at 7 pm.
“The Tikkun Lel Shavuot is a night of variety and intrigue where we engage deeply with Torah and our sacred texts as they are understood and lived out in the 21st Century,” explained Beth Shalom Rabbi Kliel Rose. “We are pleased to have so many groups participate with us once again this year, for our 3rd annual event. It is going to be an excellent night of learning.”
The event kicks off from 7-8 pm with a panel discussion entitled: “In the Footsteps of Ruth – hearing form Jews by Choice.” Shavuot is traditionally a time to read the Book of Ruth publicly, as King David—whose passing occurred on this day—was a descendant of Ruth the Moabite. The panel will be introduced and moderated by Professor Michelle Brewer with panelists including Bertrand Malo, Christina (Tziporah) Reboh and Netta Phillet.
From 8-9 pm U of A Professor Jack Goldberg will give a presentation and discussion on “Putting G-d Second.” That will be followed from 9-10 pm by a presentation on “Interest Rates and Anti-Semitism” led by U of A Professor Herb Freedman.
The night of learning continues from 10-10:45 pm with a presentation by Chabad of Edmonton Rabbi Mendy Blachman on “Revival of Ruth: How to make Judaism real.” The evening concludes with a presentation and discussion from 10:30-11:30 pm by Beth Shalom Rabbi Kliel Rose on “The Jewish Obligation of Tzedakah to non-Jews.”
“Everyone in the community is welcome to join us for this engaging night of learning,” said Rabbi Rose. “We’ll start at 7 pm and continue until midnight (or beyond). We look forward to seeing you there.”