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Shavuot, God and Creating Eternal Holiness

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May 25, 2020
 
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Did you ever wonder why when it comes to the holiday of Pesach, Sukkot, Rosh haShana or Yom Kippur, there are specific mitzvot, whether it’s eating matza and maror, sitting in the sukka or shaking lulav and etrog, hearing the shofar, or fasting. But when it comes to the holiday of Shavuot, which concretizes our relationship with God, there are no particular commandments! Why are there no particular commandments for the holiday of Shavuot? I believe there is a deep message here for us. First, the acknowledgement of the fact that our relationship with God, which is fully celebrated on Shavuot, cannot be limited to a particular basket of commandments. It’s the way we engage with God every single day that's important.

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