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On Shavuot, we become who we are

RABBI DAVID WOLPE | JTA News & Features | Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:00 am

Rabbinic tradition teaches that when God spoke at Sinai, the world was silenced – birds did not sing, breezes did not rustle leaves in the trees. Out of that profound silence came the word, and were the world silent again, for even an instant, we could hear the everlasting echo of God’s voice.

In one way, that is a beautiful metaphor for the holiday of Shavuot. Among the holidays, it is “silent” in that no custom imposes itself on our imagination. There is no sukkah, no seder. It slips by, for many Jews, almost unnoticed. 

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