This year, our theme for the Tikkun Leyl is Expressing the Encounter with God.
The Israelites stood together at Sinai and experienced God. We stand together on Shavuot and mark the occasion by reading a very particular story about the Israelites standing together at Sinai and experiencing God! Jews, and after us the other Abrahamic monotheists, are really into written words!
Was the original encounter linguistic? If not, how and why did a fundamentally non-linguistic experience get turned into spoken words and then into written ones and then into printed ones, and how did that process alter our experience of revelation? After all that, are the original experiences in any way accessible to us?
Sessions: Rabbi Joel, Dr Georgia Kaufmann, Rabbi Larry Tabick, Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts
Time: Introduction by Rabbi Joel at 9 pm, Ma’ariv around 10.20 pm, followed by all-night learning until Shacharit around 4 am. In accordance with the rabbinic ideal, we will aim to begin our morning Amidah exactly at sunrise (4:42 am), accompanied by the sound of birdsong.
The full programme for our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot is now available here.