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Weekly Story: To Save a Jewish Community

Shavuos is the Yahzeit of the Baal Shem Tov, as well as of Dovid Hamelech. The following is a story that the heilike Ruzhiner would repeat in the name of his great-grandfather the Maggid of Mezerith, which is connected to both of them.

Historic ‘Jewish Graduation’ Takes Place at UCLA

Yesterday, Thursday, June 9th a historic event took place at the University of California Los Angeles, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.  The school made special accommodations for 79 graduating students and provided an early departmental graduation in deference to their observance of Shabbos and Shavuos. Thanks to this accommodation, these students (and families and guests) were able to participate in graduation ceremonies.

Sleepless in Safed: A Shavuos Custom Continues at Its Source

The first night of the festival of Shavuos is not one for sleeping in Jewish communities around the world. It is the night when Tikkun Leil Shavuos is recited, followed in many places by study and classes until dawn. In the holy city of Safed, Israel, where the text of the Tikkun originated, the electric aura of the holiday is almost palpable.