In observance of the holiday of Shavuot, there will be services (with Yizkor), lunch and study sessions at CST beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 8. The study sessions will be led by Larry Boocker and Reb Aura. Here are the topics for the study sessions.
To Be a Person: Shavuot Teaching—Reb Aura
Naomi was embittered by the many losses she suffered later in life—the loss of family and income. Feeling engulfed by a sense of guilt—“it’s my fault,” she puzzles over why her former daughter in law, Ruth, would want to stick with her. Yet Ruth is steadfast. “Where you go, I will go.”
From where did Ruth obtain her fearlessness and fire? Why was she so bent on pursuing life despite all outward appearances suggesting further suffering? The clues are buried deep in the Megillat Ruth, Scroll of Ruth, traditionally read on Shavuot. Come learn what those clues are, and what ultimate message of hope and redemption they offer to us.
Why a Siddur?—Larry Boocker
The first siddur was written in the ninth century. By that time, Jews had been praying at home and in synagogues for at least 800 years, and they did it without a siddur. So why was the first siddur written? And what decisions were made by the first siddur writers that still influence our prayers today? How does the wording of Kaddish reflect the belief in 7 heavens? Do we really need a b’racha for lighting Shabbat candles? And what’s the deal with drunken priests? Come and find out the amazing backstory of some of our oldest prayer traditions.
All are welcome for the service, for lunch and/or for study; feel free to join us as you like.