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rabbi 05 smallsf badge lgRabbi Joel Landau  ( has been the Rabbi of Adath Israel since May 2013. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem and has served previously as a congregational Rabbi in Charleston, South Carolina and Irvine, California. A full biography of Rabbi Landau is available here.


This coming weekend, we get to experience three consecutive Shabbat-like days. First, of course, is the day of Shabbat itself, which is then immediately followed (beginning Sat. night) by the two-day Yom Tov of Shavuot. Shavuot celebrates the anniversary of G-d revealing Himself to all the people assembled at the foot of Mt. Sinai and relaying to them the Ten Commandments.

The main practical difference between Shabbat and Yom Tov is that on Yom Tov, we are allowed to carry outdoors without an eruv and it's permissible to cook, but only by means of a pre-existing fire from before Shabbat.

This seventy-two+ hour period of “holy time” provides us with a great opportunity for both study and comradery (see the schedule below). However, there is another aspect of this time that my friend and colleague, R. Menachem Levine (formerly from Am Echad in San Jose and currently based in Chicago), recently wrote about. That is, the importance of silence in our lives. What does that have to do with Shavuot? Read this new article featured on his website to find out. 

Adath Israel Shavuot Schedule

Saturday, June 4th- Monday, June 6th

Tentative Schedule/Topics:

Saturday, June 4th:

7:00pm Shiur: Amazon Delivers on Shabbat & Yom Tov
8:00pm Mincha
8:20pm Shiur: Why Daven with a Minyan? 
9:15pm Ma’ariv
9:35pm Dinner, Discussion and Debate - The Ethics of Glitter Bombing Porch Pirates

Sunday, June 5th:

9:30am Shacharit followed by a Milchik Kiddush
6:30pm Mincha/Ma’ariv
7:20pm Dinner, Discussion and Debate: The Baby Formula Shortage and the Ethics of Hoarding Essential Supplies

Monday, June 6th:

9:30am Shacharit followed by a Milchik Kiddush
7:30pm Shiur: The Beit Din Model - Would it Have Prevented the Supreme Court Leak?
8:10pm Mincha
8:30pm Shiur: Who said What to Whom at Sinai
9:17pm Ma’ariv/Havdalah