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Carrying the Torah of Hillel

Seven weeks ago, we joined together to tell the Passover story, recounting the oppression of our ancestors in Egypt, and the freedom they gained when they crossed into the desert with Moses. This week, we mark the ancient harvest festival of Shavuot by celebrating the gift of Torah we received at Mount Sinai. Last night, all around the world, Jews gathered to embrace the teachings of Torah, seeking inspiration by the wisdom of our tradition. In Talmud, we read a story about a person who wanted to learn the entire Torah very quickly in order to convert to Judaism. This person went before the great Sage Shammai and said to him: Convert me on condition that you teach me the entire Torah while I

 
 

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