2017-05-25 / Faith

Shavuot observance commemorates revelation at Mt. Sinai

Local Chabads host services

Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the revelation at Mount Sinai and the Lord giving the Ten Commandments and the Torah (Bible) to the Jewish nation. The event took place 3,329 years ago, seven weeks after the Jewish people left slavery in Egypt.

Tikun Lail Shavuot, a traditional midnight study group on the eve of the holiday, will take place at midnight Tues., May 30. The event will have classes, a nosh buffet and a steak barbecue. All teens and adults are welcome.

The highlight of the Shavuot services will take place when the Ten Commandments are read at 10 a.m. Wed., May 31 at Chabad of Agoura Hills, 30345 Canwood St. The service is for all ages.

The service is open to all. Guests do not need not be a member or have any affiliation to attend services at any Chabad center.

After the service, special Mount Sinai ice cream cones with choice of toppings will be served, as well as a sit-down dairy lunch with traditional homemade cheesecake and a family pizza party.

The Yikzor memorial prayer will be recited on the second day of Shavuot at 10 a.m. Thurs., June 1.

All Chabad centers will host Shavuot services: Chabad of Oak Park at 5998 Conifer St.; Chabad of Westlake Village at 2524 Townsgate Road, Ste. H; Chabad of North Ranch at 1145 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village; Chabad of Thousand Oaks at 2060 Avenida de Los Arboles,

Ste. I; Calabasas Chabad at 3871 Old Topanga Canyon Road; and Chabad of Newbury Park at 42 Via Ricardo.

“The Jewish holidays are not meant to commemorate events,” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad. “Rather, they are meant for us to relive the experience. We return to Mount Sinai and once again feel the revelation. We recommit ourselves to the ideals of the Ten Commandments and the Torah.”

For more information, call (818) 991-0991.

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