Shavuot: A Day of Honor

4 months ago The Connections Staff 0

Benjamin Rosen// Apex, NC

Featured image by Ahuva Klein via www.chabad.org

On Shavuot we celebrate the day the Jewish people were given the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. We were given this honor with the condition that we would follow them and, most importantly, pass them on through our children and educate them in our ways. 3,334 years later, we here at CTeen Connections are still continuing to pass the torch and educate the minds of the next generation of the Jewish people. Shavuot is a time of study and learning, a time to go to that next level of our Jewish education.

Every year, today is like we accept the Torah again and reaffirm those same commitments to G-d. As such, it is important that we ourselves do this internally and strive to grow in Torah study and observance. Of course, Jerusalem wasn’t built in a day; small and consistent growth is undeniably the way to go. Any steps towards a holier life is a praise worthy task that should not be taken lightly.

So, what does it mean for a Jewish child—or adult for that matter—to take on more commandments? Certainly it can’t just mean following a list of rules. Firstly, we must have the right energy in observing commandments; they must be appreciated and reveled in, to truly be impactful. This means keeping in mind that our actions and decisions have actual meaning and must be made through a proper lens. We need to acknowledge that the entirety of the universe is both created and orchestrated with divine intent, everything with a mission. Each of us re-examines what is needed of us today and connects with the ancient advice we received all those years ago.

Remember, each Jew does not just represent themselves; we each also act as an ambassador to the whole Jewish people, and G-d by extension. This is especially true for children as we not only have this responsibility but also the responsibility to set a precedent for the next generation of the line passed down through centuries. We are the next parents, the next scholars and the next Rabbis; it is vital that we put our best foot forward and make it our priority to grow in our own Judaism daily, most of all today as we remember the day we were finally chosen to live our lives by the Torah.