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Old 05-14-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Hello fellow Jews,

What are your plans for Shavuot? I'm planning to go to the synagogue for services and dinner for erev Shavuot and go attend their beit midrash. Then I'll eat a lot of cheese and ice cream, even more than I usually do! And of course "shmooze" with people at the synagogue I haven't seen in a while. Unfortunately my employer does not grant a lot of holidays, but I am going to try my best to limit my mechallel yom tov.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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Sounds nice, Usario.

We have Mincha at 8pm at shul. I'll bring my older boys to shul with me for the davening. My wife will be home finishing the cheesecake and getting the babies off to bed. Maariv is at 9pm, then we'll walk home for dinner with my wife. She'll then head off to bed while my boys and I clean up after dinner. At midnight my shul starts all night learning. We have 4 group shiurs one after the other that go from midnight to alos hashakar (maybe 5:45am?), at which point we'll daven sharcharis. Historically, not the greatest kavana for tefillah when we've all been up all night, but I've always loved the feeling of walking home from shul after a night of learning and a couple hours of davening at roughly the same time the general public is heading off to work in the morning. I'll probably crash until lunch is ready, then be sure my wife gets a good afternoon shluff in. Then back to shul at 8pm the next night. Rinse and repeat.

The only thing I like better than 2-day Yom Tov's are 3-day Yom Tov's. My kids have so much fun playing with their neighborhood friends. I love unplugging from the grid. My wife gets to sleep in each day, which she loves. And spending time with my fellow minyanaires, sending our tefillos to hashem in a group effort - priceless!
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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We'll be spending a large part of it at the synagogue. There's a "cheesecake and blintz cookoff" before service tonight, and the study session afterward.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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Also, I'd like to wish all of you a chag semeiach for the 3,325th anniversary of Matan Torah!

Nice snippet of an article here:

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Once, after Reb Sholom Shwadron gave a speech a few days before Shavuos, one of the audience came over to him. He had a few issues in Yiddishkeit that didnít sit well with him. He was a very smart and intelligent person who had once been non-religious, now he had become observant and attended shiurim. Therefore Reb Sholom understood that he looked disturbed about the issues, but he meant well and really wanted to understand.

ďReb Sholom. You rabbis know how to bend everything your way. Iíve heard much about the importance of learning Torah and how it has to be the center of oneís life. This type of talk sounds a bit exaggerated to me, but I understand. However, this time I think you went too far. You talked about the holiday of Matan Torah and how we learn the whole night, and how important it is to learn all night. I donít understand this at all. How did you manage to bend everything to learning Torah?
Click here to see the rest:

Chag Sameiach from Matzav.com, 3,325th Anniversary of Matan Torah Ľ Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Services and late night learning with ice cream on wed.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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I'll be nearby. A group of us will be at Beth Israel later and have a late night together off of Garth for a few days.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:10 PM
 
Location: CO
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Wine and cheese gathering for us heathens. Learned conversations on important issues. Cheesecake for dessert. Chag Sameach to everyone.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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Since currently I am on a temporary overseas assignment where is no Jewish community, I bought cheese and had a vegetable pizza to celebrate the holiday.
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