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SHAVUOT:

LOOK UP TO THE SKY

By Rabbi Jenny Steinberg Kuvin, JD

Look up to the sky….

Is it a bird?…

Is it a plane?…

Is it superman?...

No. It’s the Torah.

Like a blooming flower, the festival of Shavuot comes into our lives to remind us to open to the sun and show our beauty to the world. It is a time when the temperature is perfect and for just a moment we can celebrate the greatest gift of all: The Torah. We have made it through the winter and can breathe easy again. As a community we have stood together, like the Israelites in the desert, through the COVID pandemic and now can emerge stronger and more committed to our faith and our Jewish family.

 

As we look up to the sky and feel the warmth of the sun on our faces, we can remember to be open to receive all the goodness that is trying to shine upon our lives. The tension of the counting of the Omer has ended and we can celebrate the growing of the wheat in our lives.

 

The marking of the seasons is one of the greatest gifts of the Jewish faith and the Torah. The Festivals that God has delineated in the words of the scroll, encourage us to remain connected to the natural world and remember our part in the web of life. We are constantly reminded through the Torah and its commandments to honor our place and honor all of life. When we step into this frame of mind we dance to the rhythm of Torah and the Heartbeat of the Earth.

 

In Celebration of Shavuot this year, I invite all of you to go outside and look up to the sky. Imagine the cloud that covered the Israelites, guiding and protecting them up to this moment. Imagine the rays of sunshine flowing through the clouds and the Torah in all its majesty floating down to us. Whether you believe it physically appeared or was inspired by God and written down does not matter. Both involve a deep connection and knowing between God and our ancestors. A knowing that confirms our connection with God as the Jewish people and a love that supersedes all love we could ever imagine. Look up to the sky. Let the love and light in! Chag Sameach!