The Festival of Shavuot which is observed this week (begins Thursday at sundown; in Reform communities concludes Friday at sundown; in many diaspora Conservative and Orthodox communities continues until sundown Saturday) is both a Spring harvest holiday and the time associated with the giving of Torah in Jewish tradition (Z'man Matan Torateinu).
In the video and links below, I invite you to consider how electronic media represent the latest frontier in the ever-evolving Jewish notion of "revelation." Do you believe that "revelation" describes a moment isolated in history? Or could "revelation" refer to an ongoing encounter with our sacred tradition of text and interpretation? How can new electronic media and online social networking enhance our encounter with "revelation?"
Your comments, as always, are encouraged.
Chag Shavuot Sameach!
Rabbi Jonathan Blake
Here are the links to the articles of which I spoke, from the forthcoming issue of Reform Judaism Magazine: