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Shavuot Rocks at Chabad - Ohr HaTorah

Wednesday, 9 May, 2018 - 2:50 pm


Shavuot rocks at Ohr HaTorah
where the children are our stars

Shavuot is the Festival of Weeks marks the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah. This year it falls and Sunday and Monday, May 20 & 21.

When G‑d gave the Torah to the Jewish people 3330 years ago at Mount Sinaithe Jewish children were the guarantors!  After rejecting the Patriarchs and leaders of Israel as guarantors for the Torah, G‑d knew that He could count on the Jewish children, boys and girls, to ensure the Jewish people would love the Torah, learn it, and do its holy mitzvahs.

Every year, on the same date of the giving of the Torah, we celebrate this special day by going to the synagogue and hearing the Ten Commandments known in Hebrew as Aseret Hadibrot. .

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Ohr HaTorah will begin holiday services at 10:00 am and will host a special children’s program beginning at 10:30 am. The children will join the adults for the Torah reading service and will make a grand entry into the sanctuary before the 10 Commandments are read in the scroll.

Remember! Our children are the guarantors of the Torah. So make sure to be there with children and grandchildren.


The festival of Shavuot is also recognized for as a day when we consume appetizing dairy foods like blintzes and cheesecake. The reason for this custom is that on Shavuot the People Israel received G-d’s greatest gift to humanity, the Torah. The Jewish people entered into a covenant with G-d on this day and it is therefore a parallel to marriage. One of the first commitments the Jews made to G-d upon entering this special covenant was to observe the kosher laws. They were not yet familiar with Kashrut and only ate dairy until they were more proficient in their new life mode of keeping kosher.


In keeping with this tradition that has been practiced for over 3000 years feasting on dairy foods during the festival of Shavuot, Congregation Ohr HaTorah continues to celebrate with a scrumptious dairy Kiddush luncheon, after morning services on the first day of Shavuot.

It is obvious that the festival of Shavuot is centered on the theme of the giving of the Torah by G-d at Mt. Sinai. It is the day that transformed the Children of Israel into a people committed to G-d and his Torah.  The rituals and customs of this holiday are meant to strengthen the recognition of this theme and the Jewish connection to Torah.

On all nigh Torahthon will be held at Ohr HaTorah on Saturday night May 19, starting at mid-night.  This is a wonderful practice of this holiday, to study the Torah all night on the first evening of Shavuot. According to the Midrash, the Jewish people slept late on the morning of first Shavuot, and we the descendents, correct it by welcoming the morning with Torah study.  This practice demonstrates that we are eager to receive the Torah and to learn its precepts.  Many have the tradition of reading the Tikkun Leil Shavuot, which contains selections from each book of both the Written and Oral Torah. 

This is a candle lighting holiday. In addition to the candles being lit Friday evening (7:53 pm in Charlotte)  in honor of Shabbat, we light the candles on Saturday night (after 9:06 pm in Charlotte) and Sunday night (After 9:07 pm) as well.

Services for the second day of Shavuot, Monday May 21, begin at 10:00am, and will include the Yizkor service. For more information, please contact our office at 704-366-3984 or go online to

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