When we celebrate Shavuot, writes Rabbi Jacob Staub, we need not limit the celebration to an event that occurred (or did not occur) in the 13th century BCE. If the giving of the Torah is ongoing, then new interpretations we discover at a Tikun Leyl Shavuot are part of the oral Torah.
This essay is excerpted from A Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2—Shabbat and Holidays.
In 2013-14, the Tikkun Olam Commission of the Reconstructionist movement is initiating actions and conversations about wealth and income inequality and the related question: How much is enough? This letter, written by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, ’85, was originally sent to college students. However, it’s a useful text for any family, study group or individual who wants to bring contemporary meaning and challenging questions to bear on an ancient holiday.