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Shavuot: Its Origins and Customs

Shavuot is a festival holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is also the Hebrew word for “weeks.” According to the Torah, it took precisely 49 days (seven weeks) for the ancient Israelites to travel from Egypt to the foot of Mount Sinai. Moses ascended Mount Sinai to meet God, who gave him the Ten Commandments.Read More  ➔

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Rabbi Lustig Delivers Prayer Before Congress

Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives begin each day's session with an opening prayer, a custom that originated during the Continental Congress. House and Senate chaplains usually perform this duty, but occasionally, a guest chaplain is recommended by a Member of Congress to give the opening prayer.Read More  ➔