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Experience Shavuot 

Men, Women and Children! 
Be there when the Torah is given for the 3,329th time. You don't have to travel to the desert - it's happening right here!

Come hear the Torah reading of the Ten Commandments and enjoy a delicious holiday luncheon.

 

Wednesday, May 31 at 11:00am
Chabad of Oxnard Jewish Center
112 Los Altos Street (Corner of Sunset Lane, Hollywood Beach) 

 

Free of charge. Kindly RSVP to:

Please RSVP here  or call us at 805-382-4770

Hope to see you there!

 

What is Shavuot?

Shavuot marks the anniversary of the day when we received the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is the second of the three major festivals (Passover being the first, and Sukkot the third), occurring exactly fifty days after the second day of Passover.

This is a biblical holiday complete with special prayers, holiday candle lighting and kiddush. During the course of the holiday we don't go to work, drive, write or switch on or off electric devices. We are permitted to cook and to carry outdoors.

The word "Shavuot" means "weeks"; it marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot. During these seven weeks, the Jewish people cleansed themselves of the scars of Egyptian slavery and became a holy nation, ready to enter into an eternal covenant with G‑d with the giving of the Torah.

Why Dairy?

1. On the holiday of Shavuot, a two-loaf bread offering was brought in the Temple. To commemorate this, we eat two meals on Shavuot -- first a dairy meal, and then, after a short interruption, we eat the traditional holiday meat-meal.

2. With the giving of the Torah the Jews now became obligated to observe the laws of Kosher. As the Torah was given on Shabbat no cattle could be slaughtered nor could utensils be koshered, and thus on that day they ate dairy. The Torah is likened to nourishing milk.

3. Also, the Hebrew word for milk is "chalav." When the numerical value of each of the letters in the word chalav are added together - 8, 30, 2 - the total is forty. Forty is the number of days Moses spent on Mount Sinai when receiving the Torah.