Wishing a happy Shavuot to you and your families!
The first night of Shavuot is known to be a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, basically a do-over, which is a tradition that takes root in the ancient rabbinic commentary known as the Midrash. The Midrash tells that the night before the Torah was given on Mount Sinai, on Shavuot night, the Israelites went to sleep early in anticipation of receiving this great gift from God. Unfortunately, perhaps due to the first mechanical alarm clock not being invented until roughly 2500 years later, the Israelites overslept and missed their morning appointment to receive the Torah. As a result of this oversight, God was left “waiting” impatiently for the Israelites at Sinai. Yikes!
Therefore, to rectify this error, Jewish communities across the world consume copious amounts of coffee and engage in educational programming until the early hours of the morning. This is all done in an effort to show that the Jewish people will not be caught sleeping this time around. We are ready to receive the Torah!
Have you ever tikkun’ed? If you want to give it a try, below is a list of some of the learning opportunities that are available throughout Toronto. We hope you can find some time to engage in one of these educational ventures.
Curious about other traditions unique to the holiday of Shavuot? Be sure to check out our blog post discussing why we eat dairy on Shavuot, and find some great dairy recipes there as well! Who doesn’t love a good cheesecake!?
Chag Sameach! חג שמח!
Opportunities For Shavuot 2017 – Listed From South To North
MNJCC (Community) – 8:00PM
Downtown Tikkun Leil Shavuot: Where Sinai Meets Spadina (50+ Classes that reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations)– Miles Nadal
Beth Tzedec (with Beth Haminyan) (Conservative) – 7:00PM
Curated film screening of clips from movie Wrestling Jerusalem. Late night learning sessions as well as communal singing.
Beth Sholom (Conservative) – 7:15PM
Study session after Erev Shavuot services
Beth Lida (Orthodox) – 10:15PM
Classes and Discussion
Shaarei Shomayim (Orthodox) – 11:15PM
A Torah experience including formal lectures, interactive discussions, and small group learning for adults and young adults. Also, a unique late-night culinary experience.
Shaarei Tefillah (Orthodox) – 11:45PM
Pulling the all Nighter: An evening of exciting classes for men and women of all ages.
Temple Sinai (Reform) – 9:00PM
Late night learning about navigating our path of Torah and our responsibilities to the Eternal.
Darchei Noam (Reconstructionist) – 7:15PM
Evening of learning, celebration and remembrance
Temple Har Zion (Reform) – 10:30PM
Temple Kol Ami in conjunction with Temple Har Zion
JLIC at The BAYT (Orthodox) – 12:45AM
The Power of Us: Shavuot Night Learning for Students and Young Adults