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                                     Shavuot 5783/2023



                              TIKUN LEIL SHAVUOT

                            TEEN TIKUN LEIL SHAVUOT

                                     TORAH IN A FLASH

                            WOMEN'S TEA & SCHMOOZE



  • Maariv should be delayed on the eve of Shavuot until after tzeit hakochavim  (complete nightfall) in order to complete the 49 day Sefirah count.
  • On the first day, after the Kohen is called to the Torah, Akdamut is recited. On the second day, after saying the first two sentences of the Haftorah, our custom is to recite Yetziv Pitgam.
  • It is customary to decorate the Synagogue and home with  greenery for Shavuot.
  • It is customary to eat dairy on Shavuot.
  • There is a custom to stay awake and study Torah on the first night of Shavuot. For those people who follow this practice, there are a number of points to bear in mind if one has not slept at all:
    • The blessings of Al Netilat Yadayim and Asheir Yatzar may only be said after going to the bathroom.
    • The blessings on Torah Study, Al Mitzvat Tzitzit, Alokai Neshama and Hamavir Shaina should not be recited. Rather one should hear someone else (who has slept during the night) to say them and intend to fulfill their obligation by listening to the recitation of the blessings. (The individual who is saying the blessings must also have in mind to allow the listeners to fulfill their obligation through recitation).
    • Sephardim, however, do recite Al Mitzvat Tzitzit, Alokai Neshama and Hamavir Shaina in their proper order and the blessing on Torah Study is recited at the ‘dawn’ of a new day (at alot hashachar 3:35 AM). If one is learning at that time, s/he should stop for a moment, recite the berachot and then continue.
  • Megillat Rut is read on the second day of Shavuot during the morning. Some Sephardim and others have the custom of reciting the entire book of Tehilim, as well as read Megillat Rut, and read the Azharot before Mincha.                       

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Eruv Tavshilin FAQ

What is it?

The Eruv Tavshilin consists of one cooked item and one baked item. The cooked item can be any item that is eaten together with bread (ie. meat, fish or eggs though not rice nor pasta) with a minimum size of a k’zayit (the size of an olive) and ideally specifically cooked for use in the Eruv Tavshilin. The baked item should be the size of a k’beitzah (the size of an egg), though in order to enhance the mitzvah, it is best to use a whole matza or challah roll.
Ok, I have an egg and matza, now what do I do?
Once the food is prepared, hold both items and recite the following bracha:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְו‍ֹתָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל מִצְוַת עֵירוּב:
Blessed are you Lord our God, King of the universe, who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us on the mitzvah of Eruv.
Then, in a language you understand, recite the following declaration:
בְּדֵין עֵרוּבָא יְהֵא שָׁרָא לָנָא לַאֲפוּיֵי וּלְבַשׁוּלֵי וּלְאַטְמוּנֵי וּלְאַדְלוּקֵי שְׁרָגָא וּלְתַקָנָא וּלְמֶעְבַּד כָּל צָרְכָנָא מִיוֹמָא טָבָא לְשַׁבַּתָּא 
With this eruv, it will be permissible for us to bake, cook, insulate, light a candle and perform all of our needs on Yom Tov in preparation for Shabbat 
Now store the Eruv to be eaten on Shabbat. It is preferable to use the bread for lechem mishneh at one of the Shabbat meals.
What does the Eruv allow me to do?
It allows one, only on the day before Shabbat (ie. Friday), to do any activities that are permitted on a regular Yom Tov like cooking, baking, warming or lighting a fire from another fire for Shabbat. One should ensure that these preparations take place early enough so that it is theoretically possible to benefit from the preparations on Yom Tov itself (ie. before regular/late Shabbat begins).

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