I hope this message finds you well and in good health. It gives me great pleasure to once again reach out to you, as we enter the calendar month of June.
This month we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks. (Sunday and Monday, June 9th and 10th). Shavuot is one of the shelosh regalim, the three pilgrimage festivals on which the Jewish people would congregate in Jerusalem. It also marks the conclusion of the counting of the Omer period, the seven weeks that we mark off between Pesach and Shavuot (hence the name "Festival of Weeks"). Additionally, it is the time period to which Jewish tradition attributes the giving of the Torah at Sinai, following our miraculous exodus from Egypt.
On the second day of the holiday, Yizkor will be recited in the shul. It is on this day that we gather together to read the memorial prayer, commemorating our loved ones who came before us, and who laid down the path of Torah and mitzvot for us- their descendants- to follow. Please join us in the shul Monday morning, June 10th, as we recite Yizkor together, and collectively remember our family members who sacrificed so much for our continued success and wellbeing.
Wishing you a meaningful Shavuot, and a month of June full of health, happiness and blessing,
Rabbi Peretz Robinson