• Shavuos


1. We daven Maariv at the proper time to complete the full counting of the days of sfira.
2. The custom among many is to be awake the night of Shavuos learning Torah.
3. The problems one faces because of this are many.
a. The “Al nitilas yodoim” in the morning should only be recited after one tends to ones needs and washes for davening.
b. A brocha on a talis koton that one wore a whole night is not a simple thing and one should say the brocha on the talis gadol or hear from another and have in mind the talis koton.
c. If one slept the afternoon before then Bircas HaTorah is no problem. Otherwise it presents a problem since it could be a brocha that continues to be effective until one takes his mind off of Torah learning.
d. “Elokai neshoma” and “hamaavir shaina” which both refer to having slept, certainly present a problem.
4. The “Aseres HaDibros” are read on Shavuos and this is the time that we project them as separate statements which embody all the philosophy of our Torah. Therefore we read them with the upper notes which break them down into separate statements.
5. The custom is to adorn the shul with greenery to be a reminder of the green mountain of Sinai upon which the Torah was given.
6. The custom is to eat a dairy meal on Shavuos. The “Rama” explains this as a requirement to eat a dairy meal and a meat meal. This, according to halacha then places a requirement of two separate loaves of bread and this, in turn, is a reminder of the two breads which were part of the offerings on Shavuos. Other reasons are also offered.
7. The second day is also Yizkor. Whenever we read on the holidays “Kol HaBechor” which refers to charity, we say Yizkor, promising to give tzedaka to the memory of our beloved ones.