Congregation Etz Hayim at Hollis Hills Bayside

The consolidated communities of Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center and Marathon Jewish Community Center

Shabbat/Second Day of Shavuot 5780

 
Dear Friends,
 
Last night, we had a late-night early bird special: we studied Torah until midnight as a Pre-kun Leil Shavuot, since we couldn’t have our annual Tikkun Leil Shavuot in person. Staying up late to learn Torah on Zoom was out of the ordinary, but it actually gave us a sense of normalcy, even if the cheesecake was missing.
 
With two days of Shavuot, including Shabbat, on the horizon, midnight is on my mind. Click here for the written version of my Shabbat/Shavuot dvar Torah
 
With all those thoughts about midnight, I keep humming some of these songs from Wilson PickettGladys Knight and the Pipsthe Allman Brothers Band, and Billy Joel. The middle of the night is also a feature of Hebrew music, such as Harel Moyal and Yehudah Katz.
 
Later today, you will receive an email with links to pre-recordings of Yom Tov davening by Cantor Zim, Torah reading from two special guests, my dvar Torah, and my chanting of the maftir for Shavuot, a chapter 3 of Ruth, and the haftarah for the second day of Yom Tov. We encourage you to watch these before Yom Tov, or whenever you can. These are sure to uplift you!
 
Wishing you a Hag Sameah, and then Shabbat Shalom,  and as always good health
 
Rabbi David Wise