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Shavuot at Adas Israel

Thurs May 28 - Sat, May 30

Bamidbar (In the Wilderness)  - An evening of impassioned Torah study, together  

.ב.  הָלֹךְ וְקָרָאתָ בְאָזְנֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, זָכַרְתִּי לָךְ חֶסֶד נְעוּרַיִךְ, אַהֲבַת כְּלוּלֹתָיִךְ--לֶכְתֵּךְ אַחֲרַי בַּמִּדְבָּר, בְּאֶרֶץ לֹא זְרוּעָה
I remembered you, The loving-kindness of your youth, The love of your espousals — How you followed Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown. - Yirmiyahu 2:2

Ready yourself for an evening of experiential, interactive, multi-media-based Torah learning like no other. Our Adas clergy (who will leave no tech-stone unturned) invite you from your place in this wilderness we are all experiencing back “into Adas” (through the airwaves), as we commemorate the giving of the Torah at Sinai with an evening of vibrant learning, lounging, and being. This is our moment, see you at the Mountain. 

Click Here for an at-home study sheet and activity for Shavuot. Enjoy this tech-free way to access and experience the themes of Shavuot from home through learning, liturgy and finding blessings right where you are.


 

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Full Clergy Erev Shavuot Torah Slam, Multi-Media Event

Erev Shavuot, Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00pm - Join Here
Phone: 13017158592  Access: 93945632886 Password: 2850
Join our all-star clergy team: Rabbis Holtzblatt, Alexander, Krinsky, Solomon and Cantor Brown (with special guest Rabbi Josh Warshawsky) for a Torah-Slam like you’ve never experienced! Including seasoned musicians, animated video content, and an epic reading of the 10 commandments. You don't want to miss this! The event will be broadcast via Facebook-live, but feel free to join the Zoom session to watch it with the group (through screen share). 

Breakout Room Study Sessions "inside" Adas

Erev Shavuot, Thursday, May 28 @ 8:00pm- Join Here
Phone: 13017158592  Access: 93945632886 Password: 2850
We will meet inside the rooms of Adas (virtually), and each room captain will present a thought-provoking interpretation based on this year's theme, inspired by the book of Bamidbar - In the Wilderness. Journey to each of our beloved Adas rooms to kick off our learning sessions.

Shavuot Late Lounge

Erev Shavuot, Thursday, May 28 @ 9:00pmJoin Here
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Spend the late hours of Shavuot with our re-imagined "desert oasis". Make yourself a themed Shavuot Shooter (can be made with or without spirits!) or a freshly roasted coffee. Lounge to the tune of smooth desert beats, niggunim, soulful words of Torah and take part in our drum circle!

*Breakout room topic highlights include:
William Liss-Levinson: The Quest for God as Reflected in “Anim Zemirot”
Elior Waskow: Shavuot as the Diaspora’s Holiday
Edna Friedberg: Radical Jewish Women
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky: Inside the Artist’s Studio: The Midrash Behind the Music

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Full Shavuot Schedule

Erev Shavuot, Thursday, May 28

5:00pm: 3rd Grade Chagigat Hasiddur

6:00pm: Weekday Mincha and Yom Tov Ma’ariv Service
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Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Download

7:00pm: Full Clergy Facebook Live Extravaganza!
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8:00pm: Breakout Study Sessions
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9:00pm: Shavuot Late Lounge
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Shavuot Day 1, Friday, May 29

10:00am: Shavuot Shacharit Service
View Live: adasisrael.org/shabbat-services-livestream
Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Download

5:00pm: Kabbalat Shabbat/Chag Family Service
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Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Download


6:00pm: Kabbalat  Shabbat/ Chag Community Service
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Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Download

Shavuot Day 2, Saturday, May 30

9:30am: Shabbat/Chag Service/Yizkor
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Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Download
Yizkor Pages: Download Here

11:30am: Shabbat/Chag Family Service
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Akdamut and Megillat Ruth: Download
Siddur Lev Shalem Pages: Download


8:45pm: Havdalah Service
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Sefirat HaOmer

Beginning on the second night of Passover we begin to count 49 days, 7 weeks until we reach the wheat harvest and Revelation at Mount Sinai on Shavuot. We call this time the Sefirat HaOmer or “Counting of the Omer.” The Omer is counted each night after the sun goes down- if one forgets, you can say the blessing all day until nightfall the next evening.


BA-RUCHA-TAH ADO-NAIE-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM ASHER
KID-E-SHA-NUBE-MITZ-VO-TAV VETZI-VA-NUAL SEFI-RAT HA-OMER.


Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with 
His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.


A Reflection on Sefirat HaOmer by Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt:

There is a different space of the journey of everyday, of marking time not through major accomplishments or milestones, but through the sun rising and setting of marking the passage of time, of hammering at something slowly, patiently over a contemplative period of time.  This is the Omer. 

We begin counting the Omer on the second night of Passover and we count every night until we get to 49 and arrive at the holiday of Shavuot- matan Torah (the giving of the Torah).  In ancient times the counting was a marking of the agricultural calendar- one would plant their wheat at Pesach and harvest it 7 weeks later.  Shavuot is one of the shelosh regalim, one of the 3 times of year people would make pilgrimage to the Temple (the others being Sukkot and Passover). On Shavuot first fruits were brought to the Temple as a way of giving thanks for the abundance that God had provided. 

We have become disconnected with the counting of the Omer because we are urban- we do not rely on the small plantings we make in our city gardens to eat, we do not watch an entire harvest spring from the ground and we do not have a Temple where we can offer our first fruits.

So the ritual of counting the Omer needs a reset.  A way of connection in the modern world to link the time between our liberation (Passover) to  our revelation and receiving of Torah (Shavuot).  The most remarkable days are those of the quiet rhythm of our lives.  Waking up without the rush- the steady movement forward- gentle and calm.  The time to dig our hands into our relationships, our work- the planting.  The time for reflection, noticing, and being- awaiting the harvest.  And finally the joy of our first fruits- which we can only gather after we have had the discipline of sowing, planting, and waiting.  Something will always emerge out of the ground. 

There is a reason we don’t recite shehecheyanueach night of the counting of the Omer. Rabbi Levi Yitzhak, the Kedushat Levi writes, “during the counting of the Omer, people are in anticipation of when the counting will be completed. They want the completion to arrive soon so they can experience closeness to the divine. Were they to have the capacity to complete the counting in an instant and be immediately able to enter into the closeness, how good and how pleasant it would be. This is why we do not recite shehecheyanu upon counting the Omer.”

The shehecheyanu would imply that we have arrived to a particular moment.  But this time is about the steady, continuous journey, not the arrival.  We’ll know when we have arrived and we’ll be ready then to offer our first fruits.  This year we will again mark the Omer at Adas with a display in the Quebec street entrance where we will add a jar and a wheat stalk every day.  With each jar we get closer.  Let’s use this time to linger, to notice, to plant, and to allow the Torah of our deepest selves to emerge.  I look forward to seeing you at Sinai. 
 

Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781