After Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, we count the seven weeks that lead to our next festival: Shavuot. Literally meaning, “weeks”, Shavuot celebrates the experience of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, marking the pinnacle of the journey from liberation to revelation. Historically, the holiday was an agricultural pilgrimage festival celebrating the beginning of the summer harvest. Today, we celebrate the gift of Torah and the immense blessing it brings to our lives.
At Temple Israel of Boston, we celebrate the festival with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an incredible all-night experience of learning, meditation, music, and conversation. We also use the occasion to mark Confirmation for our 10th graders, celebrating their continued commitment to their Jewish lives and to living a life that reflects their Jewish values.