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Daily Briefing: CELEBRATING SHAVUOT AND JEWISH PEOPLEHOOD

WATCH:  Understanding the Jewish Romance with the LawRabbi Meir Soloveitchik, Mosaic Magazine, June 11, 2019 Psalm 19 states that “the precepts of the Lord are just, bringing joy to the heart; . . . the laws of the Lord are true, righteous altogether, more desirable than gold, than much fine gold; sweeter than honey, than drippings of the comb.”

Continuity Requires Religion:  Elliot J. Cosgrove, Sapir Journal, Autumn 2021For a people as numerically modest as the Jews, we have more than our fair share of civic, cultural, and advocacy organizations in service of Jewish continuity.


Shavuot: Between Revelation and RevolutionComment:  Eli Kavon, Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2022
Up All Night:  Alter Yisroel Shimon Feuerman, Tablet Magazine, May 11, 2021
Ruth—Big Theme, Little Book:  Adele Berlin, Bible History Daily, Jan. 20, 2022
A Latter-Day Book of Ruth, in Marmaros: Elli Fischer, HaMapah,May 27, 2020


For Further Reference:

Abraham Lincoln and the Shavuot Controversy of 1865:  Ari Lamm, Tablet, May 26, 2020 — Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865, confronted the American public with urgent political challenges that would shape the trajectory of the post-Civil War United States. 
 
Farhud Memories: Baghdad’s 1941 Slaughter of the Jews:  Sarah Ehrlich, BBC, June 1, 2011 — … “On the first night of Shavuot we usually go to synagogue and stay up all night studying Torah,” says Haddad, now a veteran ophthalmologist in New York.
 
The Book of Ruth Explained:  Rabbi David Fohrman, Aleph Beta — On the surface, the book of Ruth seems like an unusual choice to read on Shavuot. 
 
One of World’s Smallest Torahs Among Scrolls Unveiled by National Library of Israel:  Shiryn  Ghermezian, Algemeiner, June 2, 2022 — The National Library of Israel (NLI) is highlighting four extraordinary Torah scrolls from its Judaica collection in a new series of video clips released days before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which celebrates the giving of the Torah.

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