Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Home-Grown Torah at the WJC

To welcome the Festival of Shavuot, we are pleased to present an evening of Torah teachings from some of our own devoted students of Torah. Rabbi Jonathan will moderate.


Virtually enjoy a feast of locally sourced, organic and nutritious Jewish soul food! We will even have some singing for dessert.


Here’s our delicious menu:


Creating the World Anew: An in-Depth Look at the Large Beit in B’reishit, Avigayil Landsman

Descending from Mt. Sinai to the Wilderness, Gail Albert
Looking at the first parashah of Bamidbar, we will explore how being counted reverberates into this moment if we are to bring the teachings of Sinai into the everyday world.

Singing in the Desert, Cynthia Werthamer
Be prepared to sing and shake your booty as we celebrate crossing the Sea of Reeds. Then we go into deeper water to look more closely at parashat B’shalakh, which even involves some grammar. And we throw in some kvetching.

“You Shall Be Holy…” (Lev. 19:2), Rabbi Ellen Triebwasser
What do the Torah’s instructions for observing Yom Kippur in the parashah Acharei Mot and the commandment to love others as we love ourselves in the parashat Kedoshim mean to us today? Can we be commanded to have an emotion, and, if so, how can we achieve it?

Boaz Wakes Up: A Visual Midrash about the Book of Ruth, Yael Bernhard
Yael presents a new oil painting from her forthcoming Jewish Eye Calendar of Art, and shares her process of delving into the Book of Ruth to create a work of art that incorporates elements of the Renaissance.

Gilgal: “What is the meaning of these stones?” Karen Levine
Many of us, if we have been attentive to the cycles of Jewish time and observance, read and study the first five books of the TANAKH, every year, year after year, in the weekly servings portioned carefully by our great wisdom teachers. The annual cycle is celebrated on Simkhat Torah when we begin our reading at the end of Deuteronomy as the people mourn Moshe’s death, and then roll the scroll to end our reading at the beginning of Genesis. And thus the circle is unbroken.

But what happens if we continue forward linearly? In the book of Joshua, the children of Israel cross the Jordan River, entering the promised land and their new incarnation as the Jewish people.


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