It is a mitzvah to reaffirm the covenant on Shavuot. Through the reading of the Ten Commandments at services, which recalls the establishment of the covenant and the contemplation of the importance of Torah and its lifelong study, (talmud-Torah), we renew our commitment to being part of the covenant people,(’am b’rit). As part of our celebration of Shavuot, we have started our adult Ba-Mi programme with Hester and Theresa as the forerunners.
I think there is no better way to show our commitment to the Torah and our Jewish heritage than providing opportunities for each and everyone to engage with the holy scripture and to grow in ones own Jewish identity.
I hope many of you will be inspired by their achievement and I wish them much hatzlacha—success on Sunday.
Chag Shavuot Sameach
Rabbi Adrian M Schell