Friday, May 25, 2012
It's become traditional on the first night of the holiday of Shavuot (this Saturday night) to stay up all night studying or attending lectures to mark the giving and acceptance of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The long hours of studying or listening, known as Tikkun Leil Shavuot, are often fueled by supplies of cheesecake and coffee.
These sessions range from individual study to group study of Talmudic and other texts to lectures by professionals in their field and interested laymen on topics of Jewish interest. The program in many synagogues begins after midnight and runs until sunrise, when those still awake participate in an early morning Shacharit service.
There aren't too many songs or colorful symbols for this holiday, which ranks with Passover and Sukkot as one of the Shalosh Regalim, or three pilgrimage festivals described in the Torah. So it's refreshing to find an upbeat music video celebrating the holiday and its all-night study aspects.
We hope you enjoy "Stay Up All Night" as performed by Moshe Hamburg, David Bar-Cohn, and Mitch Rudy. The video was filmed at Kehillat Menorat HaMaor in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. It's a project of Rebbetzin Tap and Friends.
We plan to attend a Tikkun Leil Shavuot at a shul in Riverdale, New York, and spend the next two days playing with two delicious granddaughters, catching up on napping, and dining on a variety of cheesecakes. So there will be no Jewish Humor Central postings on Shabbat, Sunday, and Monday. We'll be back with our usual mix on Tuesday. Chag Sameach to all our readers.
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