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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Thursday, May 28, 2020 5 Sivan 5780

8:00 PM - 11:55 PMZoom

Join us for Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
The evening begins with a brief Ma'ariv service at 8:00PM, followed by learning sessions featuring Rabbi Joanna Samuels (see bio below), Rabbi Eric Solomon, Rabbi Jenny Solomon, and Reb Raachel Jurovics. 

Standing Together as One?  Navigating Collective and Disparate Realities at Sinai and Beyond. (approx. 8:15PM - 9:00PM)
A beautiful Midrash teaches that even though all of B'nai Yisrael received the Torah together at Sinai, each person who received the Torah heard it in a language that s/he could understand.  We will explore Sinai as a universal experience that was also a differentiated one, against the backdrop of our current global pandemic: an experience that has these same disparate qualities .

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Rabbi Joanna Samuels, the founding executive director of Educational Alliance's Manny Cantor Center, is a nationally respected spiritual leader and social activist.  Her work at the Manny Cantor Center has been written about in The New York Times, The Daily News, and The Jewish Daily Forward.

Teaching by Rabbi Jenny Solomon (approx. 9:15PM - 10:00PM)

This challenging time in our world has demanded that we hold many truths simultaneously. Jewish spirituality also encourages us to grow wise enough to find inner-balance even while acknowledging contradiction, paradox, and multiple points of view. In this session, we will explore how the centrality of the Hebrew letter “vav” (meaning “and”) can serve as a reminder of our capacity to see life through a lens of “both/and” rather than “either/or.” When we commit to “vav consciousness,” holding together blessing and curse and everything in between, we sense a wholeness which is greater than the sum of its parts. Come and learn how both/and thinking and feeling is part and parcel of the Torah (and our own wisdom).

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Teaching by Rabbi Jurovics (approx. 10:15PM - 11:00PM)

"The Journey of the Soul: An overview of Jewish Teachings about Immortality and Resurrection." As we complete our spiritual journey through the counting of the Omer, we stand together again at Sinai -- how do we understand the interplay of covenant, divine justice, and our own ultimate fate as we again accept the mitzvot that guide our lives?

Teaching by Rabbi Eric Solomon (approx. 11:15PM - 12:00AM)

To Bring People Up, You Must Go Down: When we think of leadership, we are often told that great leaders “rise to the top.” But, a close reading of Exodus 19---the chapter detailing the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai---reveals that while Moses spent a lot of time “up” on the mountain, he led us most effectively when he went “down” to be with the people. In this session, we will learn from a Hassidic master (Kedushat Levi) about Moses’ ability to raise our people up by going down, and what his leadership style might model for leaders in our own time.

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The event can be accessed on Zoom, feel free to come and go as needed. If you have any issues joining, you can email and we will try to help with a workaround.

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Meeting ID: 894 5086 7315 

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