The very first time I learned about the Jewish holiday of Shavuos I was both angry and excited. Why? I was angry because I didn’t know it existed until I was in Israel on a work/study program in Arad, Israel. I was invited to a program that required us to stay up all night and learn Torah. That’s not all. While we were up all night, we would be noshing on ice cream, cheesecake, and blintzes galore. I wanted in, but I wasn’t sure what the deal was with all of the dairy dishes. That is when I learned about Shavuos.
Every year at Passover, we start counting the days leading up to Shavuos. Why? This period of time represents when G-d gave the Jewish people the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Again, as a kid I always assumed the Torah was a part of the Jewish people from the beginning. Than again, I was so tuned-out during Hebrew school in my youth that it just passed me by. And this happened with talk of ice cream, blintzes, and cheesecake galore? Continue reading