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Faith Factor | Chabad Jewish Center invites you to Shavuot celebration

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TAHOE, Calif. — Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe will host a Dairy Buffet Dinner on Wednesday, June 4, 6 p.m. 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 of the June 5.

It is customary to eat dairy foods on Shavuot. Among other reasons, this commemorates the fact 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.

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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 first 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," said 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 bar."

Come hear the Ten Commandments and celebrate the giving of the Torah. the event is fun for all with no membership needed.

For more information, RSVP and donation opportunities, contact the Jewish Center, 530-314-7677 or info@JewishTahoe.com. The Center is located at 1898 Venice Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

Tax exempt donations are appreciated.

JEWISH WOMEN OF LAKE TAHOE

Have fun and enjoy a ladies evening out with the Jewish Women's Circle on Monday, May 26, 7:15 p.m., at the Chabad Jewish Center. Celebrate the holiday of Shavuot in an exciting, fun and meaningful way with the Jewish Women's Circle. Discover the significance and depth of the fascinating customs related to the holiday of Shavuot, including why we eat dairy.

Take home your own personal delicious cheesecake that you will make!

Shaina Richler, co-director of Chabad, said, "This is also an excellent opportunity for Jewish women in the Lake Tahoe area to get together and have a great time."

The Jewish Women's Circle provides an opportunity to bring together women with divergent points of view, backgrounds and affiliations in an atmosphere of friendship and unity, to have a good time, to get inspired and to explore Jewish themes. The suggested donation for this event is $10. Please RSVP to 530-314-7677.

Rabbi Mordey Richler and his wife Shaina recently founded the Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe, visit http://www.JewishTahoe.com.