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Hebrew Date Sedra English Date
Shabbat 7 Sivan 5780 Shavuot - 2nd Day Saturday 30th May 2020

When describing the first day of Creation, the Torah states “there was evening and there was morning, ‘A’ first day”. Likewise, when describing the second day of creation it says, “there was evening and there was morning, ‘A’ second day” and so on for the third, fourth and fifth days of creation.

“And there was evening and there was morning, ‘THE’ sixth day.” (Bereshit 1:31)

When describing the sixth day, the letter “hey” meaning “the” is put in front of Shishi – six.

Why is there this emphasis on the Sixth Day?

Rashi quotes Our Sages who suggested that although Hashem finished creating the physical world on the sixth day, the spiritual element of the world was not complete until over 2000 years later when the Torah was given at Mount Sinai. They propose that as in the system of gematria, the letter hey is 5, it therefore signifies the 5 books of the Torah and that it was to be given and accepted on ‘the sixth day’ - the 6th day of Sivan (Shavuot).

Why was this point in the Creation process, chosen to refer to The Sixth Day of Sivan? This is right at the end of the creation and just before the first ever Shabbat, and an event over 2000 years later is being referenced! Why here? Why now?

Rashi provides an explanation that Hashem gave the world a condition right from the beginning of creation that he would endorse, maintain and help a world that would promise that there would be a nation ready and willing in time to arrive at that date on the Sixth Day Sivan over 2000 years later. Had there been no individual, such as Avraham and his descendants, who sought out and wanted to discover Hashem and then wanted to engage in His desires, the world would not have been worthy of being created. Hashem would have disengaged, aborting the creation, and returning the universe to less than nothing. There is no need for a world without direction and without those willing to receive directives. The Sixth Day of Sivan is when the Jewish Nation received and accepted the Torah and when the world received its reason for being and its permanency (Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1:9).

How was Hashem able to know in advance that there would be a Nation who would arrive in time for that date with destiny? What happened to free will? Hashem’s prescience doesn’t interfere with man’s ability to make a choice. Immediately prior to declaring the completion of a sixth day the Torah states, “G-d saw all that He had made and it was very good.” Perhaps Hashem peered deeply into the future in eager anticipation of “The Sixth Day”.

Based on an idea by Rabbi Label Lam

Written for the full and speedy Refua Shlema of Yaffa Adina bat Elka

Zoe Daniels

Shabbat times this week

Shabbat begins in Pinner 8:51pm
Minchah and Kabbalat Shabbat
Shacharit
Shabbat Minchah
Shabbat ends and Ma'ariv 10:09pm

Service Times

Erev Shavuot - 28th May

Yizkor 10.00am

Yizkor is traditionally said on the second day of Shavuot, Shabbat 30th May 2020. Yizkor does not require a minyan and Rabbi Kurzer encourages everyone to say the short personal paragraphs that include the names of our relatives on pages 4-7 of Yizkor Book at home this Thursday. Nevertheless, there is something special about connecting to one another as we remember our loved ones and so we are offering anyone who would like, to join to also recite the Yizkor prayers via Zoom. Details have been emailed to members in the Shabbat Email Shavuot.

Eruv Tavshilin (click here for an explanation "How do I make Eruv Tavshilin?")

Yom Tov begins 8.49pm (click here for an explanation of "What time does Shavuot begin?")

29th May

Shabbat begins between 7.26pm and 8.51pm

Light candles from an existing light

30th May

Yom Tov and Shabbat ends: 10.09pm

Havdallah with the Kurzers 10.30pm

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Pinner Synagogue

1 Cecil Park, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 5HJ
Tel: 020 8868 7204
www.pinnershul.org

Rabbi Ben Kurzer
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Rebbetzen Abi Kurzer
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Community Administrator: Mrs Carolyn Abrahams
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Office Hours
Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 12pm
Sunday 10am - 12pm


 

Any queries of a religious nature should be directed to the Wardens:

Gerald Isaac gerald.isaac@gmail.com

Nigel Presky nigelp@expressprint.co.uk

Any community related matters should be direct to the Chairman

jonathanpinnershul@gmail.com

Events Coming Up

Starting at
Games Afternoon - July 2020 6 July 2020 - 2:30pm
Maturians : Hughenden Manor Coach Outing 14 July 2020 - 10:00am
Maturians : Simon & Garfield Tribute Cabaret 5 August 2020 - 7:00pm
Games Afternoon - August 2020 10 August 2020 - 2:30pm
Games Afternoon - September 2020 14 September 2020 - 2:30pm

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Seed - Summer 2020

On: 2 June 2020 - 8:15pm

Chat & Share - June

On: 4 June 2020 - 10:30am

Weekly Community L'Chaim

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Brunch 'n Learn

On: 8 June 2020 - 11:00am

Seed - Summer 2020

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