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Chabad Jewish Center celebrating giving of the Torah

Submitted to the Tribune

Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe will be hosting a Dairy Buffet Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 to celebrate the giving of the Torah.

The Torah was given by G‑d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G‑d’s gift, and G‑d “re-gives” the Torah.

The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event—one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for all times. Our sages have compared it to a wedding between G‑d and the Jewish people. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day G‑d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him.

The holiday of Shavuot is a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown on June 3 and lasting until nightfall on June 5.

It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Among other reasons, this commemorates the fact that upon receiving the Torah, including the kosher laws, the Jewish people could not cook meat in their pots, which had yet to be rendered kosher.

On the second day of Shavuot, the Yizkor memorial service is recited.

Shavuot which celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai is commemorated by the reading of the Ten Commandments in Synagogues on the 1st day of the Holiday.

When thinking Jewish Holidays, Passover, Chanukah and Yom Kippur come to mind — nevertheless, Shavuot is considered one of Judaism’s major holidays and was in fact a “pilgrimage” when all of Israel would travel to Jerusalem to celebrate in the Temple.

“Not everyone can make it to services in the morning,” explains Rabbi Mordechai Richler Director of Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe “so we have organized an afternoon reading of the Ten Commandments together with a Shavuot dairy buffet dinner, gourmet desserts and ice cream bars.”

Come hear the Ten Commandments and celebrate the giving of the Torah. For more information, RSVP and donation opportunities contact the Jewish Center, 530-314-7677 or

Tax exempt donations are appreciated.

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