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Shavuos Secrets



Of the three major festivals, Shavuos is distinctly different. It is different in duration - just one day of celebration, instead of seven. It is different in action - no specific mitzvos are associated with this day.

Most significant of all, it is different in purpose. For while Pesach and Sukkos recall the past, celebrating the Exodus and Hashem's special care of His people, Shavuos celebrates an ongoing event: the receiving of the Torah. For as our sages tell us, the Torah should always seem new to us - as if we received it afresh every single day. And while Shavuos may not have a specific mitzvah associated with it, it is rich in a variety of customs. Dairy foods, learning through the night, decorating with flowers and greenery - Shavuos is marked by customs as no other holiday is. The minhagei Yisrael, the customs of our ancestors, are not to be trivialized. Shavuos teaches us the importance of keeping every detail of our mesorah. As the Rambam tells us in Iggeres Taimon, it is vitally important to remember the great event of the Giving of the Torah - and to vividly relate this event to our children. For it is fundamental to our faith! It is a mitzvah to recall this event on Shavuos - and on every single day of the year.

Hardcover 295 pp.

Additional Information

In Store Item # BIBS382
MSRP $24.95
Author Rabbi Dovid Meisels
Translator Avraham Y. Finkel
Language English
Format Hardcover
Pages 295
ISBN-10 1-931681-90-2
Publisher Israel Book Shop
Product Dimensions 6"x9"

Shavuos Secrets