Midrash and Kabbalah in Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah
"On Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the Torah, we also celebrate the offering of the first fruits in the Temple, the bikurim. The offering was a supremely humble gesture. Yet without the small, perhaps wrinkled fruit of the bikurim, there could be no offering..."
"God of Secret Mystery". This old world zemer
goes through the Sefirot of the Tree of Life starting with Keter. El Mistater
also makes an appropriate song for Shavuot, when we finish our Omer journey through Sefirot.
The Torah's radical blueprint for sustainability. Download a pdf for text study to use on Shavuot!
Download a PDF pre-publication draft of Reb Duvid's (academic) article about Menachot 29b,
the amazing aggadah about the giving of the Torah to Moshe and Rabbi Akiva's death. It's titled "Akiva's Crown of Thorns: Divine Violence and the Inversion of Rabbinic Theodicy". This will blow your mind. (Feel free to skip over the academese. Note: this is not a happy subject. Read it in the right mood.)