Tonight, is erev Shavuot, a harvest festival and also one of the pilgrimage festivals. It is where people brought their spring offerings (known as ‘bikkurim’) to theTemple in Jerusalem. It is also celebrated as the anniversary of the gifting of the Torah on Mt Sinai, arguably the moment that the people of Israel were transformed into a nation. It is a custom to devote the whole night of Erev Shavuot to Jewish learning, known as Tikkun leil Shavuot. This is challenging because of restrictions, but is nevertheless being offered in virtual formats by various shuls and organisations around Melbourne. Cheese cake, blintzes and other dairy foods are also highlights of the chag.
Across the School, the festival was discussed in Jewish Studies classes. The Jewish Life team also presented wonderful content via the JLife pages on myKDS. This included engaging videos, links to Tikkun Leil in the community, wonderful age appropriate craft activities, recipes and more.
In the ELC and Junior School, students were invited to take part in the minhag (custom) of dressing in white and accessorising with flowers.
We wish you all a Chag Shavuot Sameach!
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