Shavuot Holiday Videos
Upcoming Shavuot dates: Evening of May 25th-May 27th, 2023
Shavuot Customs & Laws: What's So Exciting About Getting A Bunch Of Laws?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 13 min video - Part 1 of 5
Shavuot celebrates Revelation at Sinai & the giving of the Torah – but what's so joyful about laws? Is it really worth celebrating a list of things we can't do? Learn more here!
Shavuot’s Origin & History
Rabbi David Fohrman - 6 min video - Part 1 of 6
The Torah seems to speak of Shavuot as a harvest holiday, but the Rabbis conceive of it as the time to celebrate the Giving of the Torah. Which one is it? In this series, Rabbi Fohrman shows that the two actually complement each other to bring deeper, relevant meaning to Shavuot.
Did Ruth Seduce Boaz?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 11 min video - Part 1 of 4
We don’t often talk about how the story of Lot and his daughters is a little risqué for Biblical literature. But looking back at similar illicit stories, of Yehuda and Tamar and Boaz and Ruth, a transcendent lesson emerges. Instead of sly sensuality defining the story, Rabbi Fohrman finds a redemptive love and kindness within the text, shedding new light and understanding on the concepts of kindness and recognition.
The Deep Connection Between the Biblical Holidays
Rabbi David Fohrman - 54 min video - Part 1 of 5
There are several holidays mentioned in the Bible, including the Three Pilgrimage Festivals: Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot. What makes these days more significant than any other holiday? The Bible seems almost elusive when describing these holy days. Join Rabbi Fohrman as he uncovers the secret theme that permeates these days, allowing a deeper understanding of the holiday cycle to emerge.
Why Are The 10 Commandments Important Today?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 36 min video
In this course, Rabbi David Fohrman examines the meaning of Ten Commandments, why they are important & explores the most fundamental principles of Judaism.
The Secret Of The Bible's Holiday Laws
Rabbi David Fohrman - 12 min video
This week's discussion dealing with holidays has two major interruptions: laws of the omer offering, and the agricultural laws of pe'ah and leket. Why do these two pieces invade the laws of holidays, and what does that teach us about the epic Biblical approach to holidays?
Eishet Chayil: What Does Feminine Valor Look Like?
Rabbi David Fohrman - 2 hours, 4 min video
Eishet Chayil is the ode to the feminine, written by King Solomon in the final chapter of Proverbs, and sung every week, at the Friday night Shabbat table. For generations, many of us have been singing this song every Friday night at our Shabbat table, singing to the woman of the house and extolling her praises. Rabbi Fohrman recorded this live audio in Alon Shvut, Israel, in which he aims to understand the essence of what a "woman of valor" really means. \n\n For indeed, the very notion is odd. Valor is often thought of as a masculine virtue – signifying bravery, on the battlefront, or otherwise. And yet, King Solomon uses this phrase when describing what he calls the most important of feminine traits. Why? Rabbi Fohrman argues that Solomon, in the song of Eishet Chayil, hides a theory of a vision of unique feminine power and strength.
Lot, Judah, & Ruth: Three Interconnected Yibum Stories
Rabbi David Fohrman - 1 hour, 9 min video - Part 1 of 7
What is the theme that ties together the seemingly disconnected stories of Lot and his daughters, Judah and Tamar, and Ruth? The obscure Biblical law of yibum, or Levirite marriage, has a lot to do with it. Rabbi Fohrman argues there is an important connection that hints at a generational saga of redemption.
Shavuot Dvar Torah & Learning
Book Of Ruth Bible Study Guide For Shavuot Extra
This guide for Megillat Ruth will take you to a deeper, and more meaningful understanding of this seemingly-ordinary text. Rabbi Fohrman’s study guide illuminates why this tale of marriage, death, and daily life in ancient Israel is nothing short of an origin story for Jewish nationhood — and the perfect chronicle for Shavuot.
What Is Shavuot? 101 Guide
The Tisha B’Av fast is the most mournful day on the Jewish calendar, commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple and other tragedies throughout Jewish history.
What Are The 10 Commandments & What Do They Mean?
Throughout Jewish history, the Ten Commandments have represented the moral essence and spiritual code of the Torah. But how can just a handful of biblical verses contain so much meaning? What do the Ten Commandments really teach us, and how do they apply in today's world?
The Ten Commandments Readers Guide
Shavuot is the culmination of the counting of the seven weeks, or forty-nine days, of the Omer. After counting the Omer, we arrive chronologically and spiritually at Shavuot, where we celebrate both the spring harvest and the day the Israelite people accepted the Torah from God. Shavuot is known by many names–Shavuos, the Festival of Weeks, the Jewish Pentecost, the Reaping Festival–which hints at the complexity of understanding what this holiday really means.
When Moses proclaimed to the enslaved Israelites that their redemption was coming, he told them their savior was the One God, the God of their forefathers, and that they were going to become His nation. Not long after this proclamation, God freed the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt; however, the people had yet to formally become God’s nation.
Seven weeks after the Exodus, the new nation stood at the foot of Mount Sinai as God finally invited them to accept their destiny as His chosen people. The Israelites were offered the opportunity to be a Mamlechet Kohanim veGoy Kadosh, a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation, by receiving God’s Torah, and thereby becoming the bearers of His vision. God’s invitation was direct: He “spoke” to the entire people, in the greatest mass revelation in history. The people accepted, and God gave them the Torah.
It was a pivotal moment when the Israelites accepted God’s Torah; it was this choice that cemented their place in history as His chosen people. Today, many Jews celebrate this critical moment in history by studying Torah through the night. However, the only unique Biblical command associated with Shavuot is the offering of two loaves of bread, in order to commemorate the end of the wheat harvest. The Torah doesn’t even mention that anything special happened on Shavuot. Why this curious silence? Rabbi Fohrman asks that very question in this course: "Why Isn't "Torah-Day" Actually In The Torah?"
It also seems strange that we celebrate a "Law Day", not generally a cause for celebration in other religions or nations. And, if this holiday is about the giving of the Torah, but it's hard to find the laws of the Bible very inspiring, how are we supposed to connect to Shavuot? To answer that, Rabbi Forhman uncovers some interesting Biblical connections here: "Why Do We Celebrate Law-Day?"
To think differently about Shavuot and find answers to these big questions, Aleph Beta's videos and guides are designed to take you on a deep dive through the holiday of Shavuot.