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We do celebrate Shavuot in Victoria!

We do celebrate Shavuot in Victoria!

Friday, 6 June, 2014 - 3:06 pm

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Turning to the crowd after the Torah Reading of the Ten Commandments on the first day of Shavuot, I reflected on an exchange I had 10 years ago.

It was after Pesach of 2004, our first year in Victoria. In a conversation with a new friend I had just met, who has been living  in Victoria for many years, I mentioned that we were preparing for the holiday of Shavuot coming up, hoping to have a great celebration, to which he replied "Shavuos?! We don't celebrate this holiday in Victoria!"...

Thank G-d, we had a nice celebration that year and the years that followed, but when this Wednesday evening the Shul was filled with adults and children (especially women and girls), I got the confidence to proclaim loud and clear "We DO celebrate Shavuot in Victoria!"

To all those who are concerned about the future of Jewish life in North America, to all who predict a constant decline in Judaism in the western countries,  to all who question the commitment of our people to our heritage -

You should have witnessed men and women of all backgrounds, young and old, standing together accepting for the 3327th time their duty, seven thousand miles away from the place where they had said for the first time "we will do and we will hear"! 

Our Torah is beyond time and space, beyond logical predictions too. 

 

Comments on: We do celebrate Shavuot in Victoria!
6/6/2014

Don Morris wrote...

Wonderful & inspiring to hear!