Here is the current schedule of the Tikkun Leil Shavuot program presented by the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix and the Greater Phoenix Board of Rabbis on June 3 at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Below are the topics provided by the Association.
Shavuot services – 7-7:45 p.m.
Session One – 7:45-8:45 p.m.
A Taste of God
Rabbi Meir Goldstein, Pardes Jewish Day School
How do we create meaning in our lives? By understanding the relationship between God, Torah, and the world, we will attempt to find additional resources to create more meaning in our own lives.
The Best Verses in the Torah
Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, Temple Chai
What are the Torah's deepest insights? Most powerful teachings? Highest ethical guidance? On this night of receiving Torah, we will open ourselves to the profundity of the key texts within the fundamental text of our tradition. Do you have a favorite verse that guides your journey? Rabbi Koppell will share hers in this class.
Love and Intimacy in Jewish Tradition
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Congregation Kehillah
A beautiful midrash describes Shavuot as celebrating the wedding ceremony of the Jewish people and God, so Shavuot is a great time to talk about love, pleasure, intimacy and sexuality in Jewish tradition … yes, it’s all there, but religious school wasn’t the time to learn about it! This will be an introduction to a deeply rich topic on relationships and what our rabbis had to say (you might be surprised).
Yeridat HaDorot: The Decline of the Generations!
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Valley Beit Midrash
Rav Shmuly will lead a text study analyzing various rabbinic philosophies and theologies around spiritual decline and progress. Where are America, the Jewish people, and humanity headed and is that path linear? What are authentic Jewish models of success & failure, growth & deterioration, advancement and set-back?
Receiving Torah through Music and Meditation
Rabbi Micah Caplan and Cantor Melissa Berman, Congregation Or Chadash
We invite you to join us as share a variety of melodies (niggunim) and meditation experiences creating an environment of spirituality and godliness as we receive Torah together. One does not need any prior experience in the world of meditation or music to participate. lease, bring your soul and body to the table as we share in Torah, voice and soul together.
Dairy Reception 8:45-9:15 p.m.
Second Session - 9:15–10:15 p.m.
Mipne Darchei Shalom, For the path of peace
Rabbi Ilana Mills, Temple Solel
The rabbis of the Talmud taught that we are to do certain actions are mipne darchei shalom, for the sake of peace. During this session, we will study what the rabbis considered were for the sake of peace and will explore why they chose them, and they relate to us and how we approach the study of Torah.
Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin, Temple Chai
A look at modern poetry dealing with revelation, the 10 Commandments, and the Sinai experience. Explore the beauty that exists in contemporary interpretations of Shavuot's transformational story. These modern midashim help us better understand what it might have been like to stand at Mt. Sinai, and allow us to find Torah in our life every single day. The inspired imaginations of these poets can enhance our holiday and show us the ongoing revelation that is to be found all over our world.
Receiving Torah through Music and Meditation
Rabbi Micah Caplan and Cantor Melissa Berman: Congregation Or Chadash
We invite you to join us as share a variety of melodies (niggunim) and meditation experiences creating an environment of spirituality and godliness as we receive Torah together. One does not need any prior experience in the world of meditation or music to participate. Please, bring your soul and body to the table as we share in Torah, voice and soul together.
The Jewish Afterlife - What does Judaism Think Happens
Rabbi Jeremy Schneider, Temple Kol Ami
No one has gone and come back, though that reality has not stopped any of us from formulating theories about the afterlife. Ideas about Heaven reflect our deep beliefs about critical issues of reward and punishment and the questions of the basic meaning and purpose of life. Sages have debated the sensitive nuances for hundreds of years with no set answer, yet.
'Who Knows Ten?'
Ally Resnick, rabbinic intern, Temple Chai
What would you say if I told you that there's a small town in Alabama that wants to abolish all laws except the 10 Commandments? (There isn't, don't worry.) What issues would you expect them to encounter? Are these ten rules really all they'd need? Join us for an in-depth look at Aseret haDibrot and other Jewish texts that attempt to give us a concise summary of what it is that God wants from us.