Shavuot-Joy and Inner Meaning
NY City Candle lighting Tuesday 8:06
NY City Candle lighting Wednesday after 9:15
from an existing flame
Shavuot ends Thursday 9:15
Wednesday, June 8th and Thursday June 9th are
Shavuot, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Wednesday morning the narrative of the giving of the Torah is read in
the synagogue, and it is important that everyone be there for the
reading. When we received the Torah, we promised Hashem that we would
bring up our children to follow the Torah. It is very significant that
children be present when the Torah is read Wednesday morning.
Previous Rebbe would always give the blessing Kabbalat Hatorah Bísimcha
Ubpnimiyut (receiving the Torah with joy and inner meaning.) The
blessing has many lessons. Shavuot is the day the Torah was given. The
Torah describes at length splendor of the giving of the Torah. The Rebbe
reminds us that our job is to receive the Torah, to dedicate ourselves
to study and absorb the Torah.
stresses that the receiving of the Torah should be with joy. We can view
the Torah as a burden or a privilege. When we carry heavy suitcases itís
a burden. When we discover that the suitcases are full of diamonds that
we can keep the burden becomes a pleasure. Every Mitzvah is a diamond, a
precious gift from Hashem. Joy is critical to service of Hashem. Every
Mitzvah should be imbued with joy simply because we are coming closer to
Hashem. In a deeper sense, true joy is only through the Torah. When we
feel pain, we can heal the cause or mask the pain. Healing the cause is
real. The Torah teaches us how to live in the world create perfect
harmony between our bodies, our souls, Hashem, and our surroundings. It
takes work, but it is true joy.
stresses that we should receive the Torah in a manner that we
internalize it. There are three pillars of service of Hashem: Torah
study, prayer and Mitzvot. When we study the Torah, Hashemís wisdom
becomes a part of our minds data base. The more that we learn and
remember, the more wisdom of Hashem that is within us. Further,
Chassidut explains that the intellect and the emotions are connected.
When we contemplate the teachings of the Torah, the mind awakens the
heart and we begin to perceive things through Hashemís eyes and our
emotions are elevated. We truly become a divine people. This is the way
we must receive the Torah; seeking to retain as much as possible and to
internalize everything that we learn.
of Shavuot are a special time of Hashemís protection and blessings. May
Hashem grant the greatest blessing the coming of Moshiach, when we will
reach the new depths of Torah that only Moshiach can reveal.
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