Some years ago I was working as a Rabbi in Atlanta, USA. It was my first role out of “rabbinic school” and my primary job was directing the adult education program for an already established Synagogue/Jewish Community centre. I had the opportunity to deliver a number of Torah classes during the week and also learning with individuals on topics of their choice. There was one guy with whom I learned on a weekly basis and we became quite close friends over my time in Atlanta. When I was getting ready to leave Atlanta I told him that I hoped to keep in touch with him in the future. He said something to me which I will never forget. He said that since we had spent time studying the Torah together we would always be connected since a a bond made through Torah is everlasting.

I very much agree with these sentiments.  I was reminded of this recently when I learned some Torah with a group of guys who had asked me to learn with them.  As we were learning I was reminded of the incredible power of learning Torah.. I really enjoyed learning with them and we have committed to learn once a month!

Tomorrow night we celebrate Shavuot – a celebration of the Torah. We relive the experience of “Matan Torah”-“The giving of the Torah” and I encourage you to attend the learning program after the dinner as the dinner is now sold out. It is also an opportune time to recommit to the study of Torah and perhaps make an effort to attend a few Shiurim during the year. In honour of Shavuot I am excited to announce a new learning campaign which will be launched d at Shule over Shavuot! Come along to find out more!

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Shavuot Sameach

Rabbi Daniel Rabin

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