See you at Sinai!

Torah is true both that ancient Israelite texts have been preserved intact and lovingly transmitted from generation to generation, and also that at every time and place throughout Jewish history, our ancestors have interpreted and re-interpreted these words (sometimes quite radically!) to keep Torah speaking relevantly to each generation. In this way, Torah represents both tradition and change, and the act of Torah study is famously considered by rabbinic tradition to be as important as all of the other mitzvot put together ("talmud torah k'neged kulam").

The count-up continues... today is day 40 (that is, 5 weeks and 5 days) of the counting of the Omer. As we enter the homestretch of this seven-week period, Mount Sinai is coming into view!

The story of Mount Sinai -- that is, of Revelation, and of the giving and receiving of Torah -- lies at the heart of our identity as a people. Torah (in its broadest sense) represents our collected wisdom. It is true both that ancient Israelite texts have been preserved intact and lovingly transmitted from generation to generation, and also that at every time and place throughout Jewish history, our ancestors have interpreted and re-interpreted these words (sometimes quite radically!) to keep Torah speaking relevantly to each generation. In this way, Torah represents both tradition and change, and the act of Torah study is famously considered by rabbinic tradition to be as important as all of the other mitzvot put together ("talmud torah k'neged kulam").

Torah study will take center stage at our Tikkun Leil Shavuot on Saturday evening, June 8th (only a week and a half away!). Kavana is joining together with our friends from Kadima, Kol Haneshama, and Kol Ami to host an awesome evening of Jewish learning. Come for the singing/davening, for the cheesecake, for the great company, or of course for the Torah study itself! (Multiple classes will be offered during three different time-slots, so you'll have the opportunity to choose the study sessions that most appeal to you.) Click here to RSVP to join us, as we spend an evening celebrating and treasuring the gift of Torah!

And, speaking of Torah, from Kavana's inception, Jewish learning has always been a central focus of our community. As many of you already know, Cara Abrams-Simonton joined Kavana's core staff this year as a Director of Education, bringing Torah and learning to life for our community! On the side, she also served as a leader/co-chair of Limmud Seattle this winter. Now, Cara is being honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle with the Jack J. & Charlotte Spitzer Young Leadership Award. Mazel tov, Cara! We are so proud of you, and excited to be able to claim this "award-winning educator" as our own, here at Kavana!

Keep counting... and we'll see you at Sinai!