Shavuot as the holiday of acceptance

Shavuot, when we first became Jews, is a good time to remind ourselves that Judaism truly welcome those who wish to join us.

May 18, 2017 21:59

Tourists near ‘Mount Moses,’ in the Sinai Peninsula, 2015 . (photo credit: REUTERS)

Although the Torah itself never makes any connection between the holiday of Shavuot and the great events that took place at Mount Sinai, later Judaism did, officially calling Shavuot “the time of the giving of our Torah.” And so it is that on Shavuot we read the description of those events, culminating with the Ten Commandments.

The expression “the time of the giving of our Torah” is somewhat problematic, however, since neither the account in Exodus 19 nor the recapitulation in Deuteronomy 5 says that Israel received the Torah – i.e., the Five Books of Moses – at that time. It states that the Ten Commandments were revealed to the entire people then and that some other rules and laws were subsequently given to Moses, but that is all.


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