Happy Memorial Day and Hag Shavuot Sameah!

This week is auspicious for both the secular and Jewish calendars. Regarding the former, this week on Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day. I know you join me in remembering and paying respects to those who gave their lives to protect our country, alongside all our living Veterans who pledged portions of lifespans to serve America in uniform.

On the Hebrew calendar, the first week of Sivan always includes the Hag Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks. In ancient times, our ancestors would bring to the Holy Temple baskets containing First Fruits of the Harvest, as a way of giving thanks to the Almighty for nature’s bounty. Shavuot also commemorates Ma’a’mad Har See’ni — the Great Revelation at Mt. Sinai, at which God gave the Torah to our people. I invite you to join me at Festival worship services this coming Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7 am in the Bodker Chapel at our synagogue. Thursday morning’s service will include Yizkor, beginning at approximately 8:00 am.

Happy Memorial Day and Hag Shavuot Sameah!