How to celebrate Shavuot at your congregation or home


What you will need:


1) A canopy or tent type shelter / Huppah on four poles

2) [In Congregation setting] A large basket

3) [In Home setting] small basket

4) In a Congregation setting each family brings in a loaf of un-sliced bread. In a Home setting use only one loaf of un-sliced bread. (Leviticus) 23:17

5) Bible

6) Two Candles & candle holders

7) Scarf for the woman to light the candles

8) Soft music [3 or 4 CD’s] someone should keep the music playing all night.

9) Tissues

At your congregation or at home ;
In the center of the congregation or a dinning room adjoined to your living room or in the corner of the living room, set up a canopy / Huppah.
[Congregation setting] place on one side of the Huppah the large basket, At home a the smaller basket.

At sundown lights are turned down low and or other candles may be lit around the congregation or home. A woman covers her head with scarf and lights the two candles, [Because our Salvation (Yeshua) comes from a woman]
she then waves her hands over the flame as if she is pulling the warmth of the flame [Holy day] into herself. [She then covers her eyes and says the blessing for Shavuot. {Looking down at the paper to read} and says,

“These candles represents Creation and Redemption.

Blessed are you, Lord, our Yahweh, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and allowed us
To light the candles of the holiday (Amen).

At the end of the candle lilting, soft music is turned on.
[Explanation for Congregation setting] At this time either as a family and or as individuals you come up to the canopy / Huppah with your loaf of bread. Each member of the family starting with Father / leader waves their bread offering to the East, North, West, & South, The bread is placed in the basket. At this point it is up to the Holy Spirit to move.

Some families may want to read some scripture together, some don’t. Some Fathers will lay his hand on the head of each family member and pray for his family some may not. The point is there is no set order of what each family does under the Huppah and there is no time limit.

At this time I will share what my family does and howYahweh has worked in my family on Shavuot. Each member of my family will wave the loaf of bread, we will read part of the Torah, I will pray over each member of my family and as I pray for them I do so in their ear, and will tell that family member what I admire about him or her and what I want Yahweh to do in their life. Such as, bring a godly mate; do well in school, not to be tempted by evil, And more personal things that I know that they struggle with or are weak in. I will ask each person to forgive me for my shortcomings and what they would like me to change in my life. This has led to some powerful move of Yahweh in my family.

This is a traditional blessing to end your time under the Huppah.
May the Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom. Numbers 6:24-26

When the Huppah is empty it may be occupied by whoever wants to move into it next. It could be another Family, a group of friends, just two friends, one family going with another family. I have seen all the signals adults go together, one may want to be alone; Issues with other people may be worked out at this time under the Huppah.
The rest of the families and or individuals in the congregation should be quiet and praying.
When people leave the next morning each family takes a different loaf of bread home with them.
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In a home setting [smaller setting] it is the same as the congregation setting but there would be one loaf of un-sliced bread.
After everyone who wants to, has spent time under the Huppah the reading of scriptures and study begins till the sun comes up.

A NIGHT OF WATCHING
On the eve before the day of Shavuot it is customary to remain awake the entire night of Shavuot and to engage in Torah study.

Shavuot reading
Exodus Chapters 19;20
Num 28:19-25;
Sam 22:1-51;
Habakkuk 2:20;3:19
Acts 1:1-2:47

Compare; Acts 2:38 with Acts 10:45 with Isa 2:3;
and Micah 4:2 Acts 2:39 with Joel 2:28 -32

The book of Ruth is read

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