Shavuot was amazing! Our day together began with the kindergarten as Gesher students guided, mentored and coached the 5 year-olds in the art and activity of making butter (and by the way, it was delicious!) We made butter to represent the tradition of eating dairy at Shavuot. Gesher students were amazing with their young partners—encouraging them as they shook, shook, shook the containers of cream until they became whipped cream and eventually butter.
We joined the congregation for the singing of Hallel and the Torah reading. We rose for the Aseret haDibrot, the Ten Commandments. After the Torah reading we experienced the Aseret haDibrot in other ways; first seeing, hearing and wondering about the revelation experience and then wondering about the commandments themselves through Torah Godly Play. We did a text study and considered two categories of commandments. Commentators have suggested that commandments 1-5 are between people and God, and commandments 6-10 are between people. We considered philosophical relationships between the commandments 1 and 6 (I am the Lord your God who took you out of Egypt & Do not murder, 2 and 7 etc…)
Our celebration together of Shavuot was a wonderful culmination to an amazing year! I will miss Ben, Daniel, Sam, Max, Adam, Kayla, Naomi, Hannah, Hana and Leah. Best wishes for a fantastic summer and I can’t wait to hear about your next experiences on your Jewish journeys. May you go from strength to strength!