This week at Azamra

Torah Calendar

3-9 Sivan 5777
28 May-3 June '17

For this week's study schedule & classes, CLICK HERE

Attributes of the month of Sivan: Ruling permutation of the letters of HAVAYAH: YOD VAV KEH KEH, contained in the initial Hebrew letters of Yedotav U-letzela Hamiskan Hasheinit - "...for its tenons and for the second side of the tabernacle..." (Exodus 26:19-20). The month's corresponding letter is: ZAYIN; Human attribute: MOTION; Body Part: LEFT FOOT; Tribe: ZEVULUN; Constellation: TE-OMIM (Gemini, the Twins).

Sunday 28 May / 3 Sivan

Today is the first of the "three days of separation" (purification) prior to the Giving of the Torah on the coming festival of Shavuot. "During the three days of separation there is a radiation of that same purity that shone in the days before the giving of the Torah" (Shevet HaLevy).

Tuesday 30 May / 5 Sivan
Eve of Shavuot

It is customary to bedeck the synagogue with flowers and greenery in commemoration of the Giving of the Torah at Sinai, and to prepare milk and cheese dishes for one or more of the festival meals.

Tuesday night-Wednesday 30-31 May / 6 Sivan
Festival of Shavuot, First Day

For full information about the Festival of Shavuot click here.
It is customary for those who can do so to remain awake studying Torah for all or most of the night in preparation for receiving the Torah anew on Shavuot. It is customary to eat a meal of milk and cheese on Shavuot morning. Those who follow this with a meal of meat should take care to observe all the laws relating to the separation of milk and meat (reciting Birkhat HaMazon after the milk/cheese meal, rinsing/cleansing the mouth, then eating the meat meal on a separate tablecloth).

Wednesday night-Thursday 31 May-1 June / 7 Sivan

Israel: Issru Chag:
On Issru Chag, the day after the conclusion of the festival, it is customary to continue wearing festive clothing and to eat a festive meal to allow the Shavuot joy to linger with and strengthen us as we return to our weekday lives.

Diaspora: Second day of Festival of Shavuot
Outside Israel today is celebrated as a full festival day and all melachot (labors) are forbidden except for those relating to the preparation of food.

Today is the Yahrzeit of King David and of R. Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760, founder of Chassidism). In honor of King David some read the entire Book of Psalms today.

Thursday night-Friday 1-2 June / 8 Sivan
Diaspora: Issru Chag

On Issru Chag, the day after the conclusion of the festival, it is customary to continue wearing festive clothing and to eat a festive meal to allow the Shavuot joy to linger with and strengthen us as we return to our weekday lives.

Friday night-Saturday 2-3 June / 9 Sivan
Shabbat Parshat NASO

Torah Reading: BEHA'ALOTCHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16, describing the Sanctuary Menorah and narrating how the Israelites began their journey in the Wilderness; Haftara: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 describing Zechariah's vision of the heavenly Menorah.


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