Shavuot: A Moment to Focus on Our Mission

By Rabbi David Fain, Rav Beit Hasefer

In a world where distractions are increasing, and focusing on our values and priorities is becoming more challenging, the holiday of Shavuot offers us a moment to reflect on what is important to us as a Jewish people, the gift of Torah. The Torah is more than a book of history. The Torah breathes our values and traditions, and most importantly, presents the purpose and mission for the Jewish people.

Until the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the Jewish people were wandering the desert, grateful to no longer be slaves in Egypt, but lacking meaning and a destination. At the exact moment when the Jews were standing at Har Sinai to receive the Torah, Rashi, the biblical commentator, says that the Jewish people were כאיש אחד בלב אחד , as one person with one heart.  

How could it be that over 600,000 people stood as one? What does Rashi really mean by this comment?

Rashi means that we stood as one people with a singular purpose, focused on receiving our mission from God as a nation: לתקן עולם במלכות שדי, to fix the world with the help of God. We say this phrase three times a day at the end of every tefillah in the עלינו prayer. Aleinu means it is upon all of us.  It is upon all of us to repair the world, or at least to make it a better place, but to do it within our context as Jewish people.

In today’s world full of division it is hard to fathom all Jews, let alone all of humanity, being united for a cause. But with God’s help, we can try. We can strive to improve the world by not just fixing that which needs repair, but also through helping others and connecting with people, one person at a time. To me, this brings forth Mind and Soul. Better Together. Our motto at Hillel involves the soul that makes each of us unique. True repair requires connecting with people’s neshamot, and allowing each person’s neshama to shine.

So as we prepare for Shavuot on June 10-11, when some stay up all night on the eve of the holiday to learn Torah (an experience I encourage everyone to try at least once), I want to offer that a real goal of the holiday can be to take time to focus on our mission as Jews, and contemplate how is each of us partnering with God to make the world a better place.

And then decide to answer that question with action, with your children. Choose to do something with them that realizes the directive לתקן עולם במלכות שדי, repairing the world with the help of God. This is our unique purpose, this is our mission as Jews, and this is the Shavuot message we must live out with our children.

1,283 Responses to Shavuot: A Moment to Focus on Our Mission

  1. Pingback: walgreens priligy price

  2. Pingback: new inhalers for copd

  3. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine azithromycin success

  4. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine and kidney function

  5. Pingback: what is in hydroxychloroquine

  6. Pingback: plaquenil 100mg tablets

  7. Pingback: huslander acyclovir

  8. Pingback: coupons for hydroxychloroquine 200mg

  9. Pingback: keto chaffle recipe

  10. Pingback: can you buy zithromax over the counter in mexico

  11. Pingback: does ivermectil have generic

  12. Pingback: priligy price in india

  13. Pingback: stromectol for ascariasis

  14. Pingback: stromectol medication

  15. Pingback: health canada chloroquine

  16. Pingback: best canadian mail order pharmacies

  17. Pingback: ivermectin oral 0 8

  18. Pingback: doxycycline and stromectol

  19. Pingback: medication online

  20. Pingback: deltasone and doxycycline together for atopic dermatitis

  21. Pingback: buy viagra online generic

  22. Pingback: daddy dating gay peter\

  23. Pingback: brand name viagra sale

  24. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine 90

  25. Pingback: ivermectin for swine oral

  26. Pingback: stromectol and advil

  27. Pingback: humans antiparasitic treat parasite infestations

  28. Pingback: ivermectin company

  29. Pingback: ivermectin for rosacea

  30. Pingback: viagra proforce

  31. Pingback: pharmatize generic cialis

  32. Pingback: viagra pills

  33. Pingback: cialis online no prior prescription

  34. Pingback: erection pills amazon

  35. Pingback: microdosing mushrooms

  36. Pingback: discount cialis and viagra

  37. Pingback: buy generic viagra cialis

  38. Pingback: Bassetti Bettwäsche Sale

  39. Pingback: usa viagra cheap info

  40. Pingback: kardinal stick

  41. Pingback: gender surgery

  42. Pingback: instant online casino

  43. Pingback: can i get viagra over the counter

  44. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg pill

  45. Pingback: how to get cialis

  46. Pingback: daily cialis 2.5 from canada

  47. Pingback: viagra 75

  48. Pingback: คาสิโนออนไลน์เว็บตรง

  49. Pingback: meritking

  50. Pingback: elexusbet

  51. Pingback: eurocasino

  52. Pingback: madridbet

  53. Pingback: meritroyalbet

  54. Pingback: eurocasino

  55. Pingback: eurocasino

  56. Pingback: www casino on line

  57. Pingback: meritroyalbet

  58. Pingback: natural viagra pills

  59. Pingback: sildenafil citrate 100mg

  60. Pingback: how to get cialis online

  61. Pingback: buy viagra durban

  62. Pingback: bachelor's degree in pharmacy online

  63. Pingback: men and women viagra

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *