Shavuot Tradition Will Keep You Up at Night

 Almost 500 years ago, Jewish mystics in Sefad originated two fascinating and delightful customs: an all-night study vigil, called Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, and the symbolic marriage between God and the Jewish people, with the Torah as the wedding ring.


At Mishkan Torah we commemorate both customs. Please join us at 10 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, May 18. We will start by reading under the huppah the ketubah (or marriage contract) between God and Israel. Then we will adjourn to study. Back by popular demand are Mark Silverstein’s trivia quiz and Frank Pearlman’s midnight readings. Study groups led by Rabbi Cohen and lay members of the congregation will take place until sunrise.  Between study groups, people will consume copious quantities of cheese cake and other dairy delectables (good tasting and good for your arteries)! At sunrise, we will dahven a quick but intense shacharit service before heading off to our homes for some well deserved sleep. (Every year some people who have drifted away during the night actually come back to join the minyan.)


You don’t have to keep yourself awake all night to participate. Come for as much or as little of the night as you like.  And, if you can, bring a dairy dish to share.    


On Thursday, May 20 at 9:30 a.m., we will hold a full yontiff service with Torah reading (the Ten Commandments, no less!) and yizkor will be recited.