Wherever we are in the world, whichever interpretation we each embrace, Shavuot gives us an abundance of opportunity to appreciate the land from which our people have come and to which we have returned.
Shavuot celebrates the day the Jewish people received the Torah. The Torah is a love story. You don't need to be religiously observant to be a part of this love story. It is a living and breathing text that calls on us to connect to it organically and to find its meaning in our lives.
Throughout Jewish history our people have been called by different names, for different reasons: Hebrew, Israelite, Children of Israel, Jew. What does our name, our title have to do with our identity? Which shapes the other?
Why do we identify with our specific labels more than we identify with our larger and more fundamental label - being a Jew? Why does everyone from the outside treat us as the same (an Antisemite doesn’t discriminate between different types of Jews) but we so starkly discriminate within ourselves?