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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fire on the Mountain, Cheesecake in the Fridge - Shavuot 5770

It's Erev Shavuot 5770 in Jerusalem, Steve has control of the Radio Free Nachlaot stream as he has since early last Thursday morning when he was awakened by multiple messages from Lorelai informing him that her computer (a.k.a. her streaming audio broadcast system) had been stolen by chutzpadik gonifs in the wee early hours of the Yom Yerushalyim morning. Steve - sensitive to the vibes of the Universe as always - is playing an exquisite soundboard-quality Grateful Dead concert from Madison Square Garden (recorded 9/21/82) to take us into Shavuos. 

Yes, we're camped out at the foot of Mt. Sinai. We've got our clean white clothes, dairy products, Yom Tov candles, Machzors, everything we need to receive the Torah. Some of us will even get to take a nap this afternoon. Tonight we'll mystically become one mind, one heart and one people - staying up all night to learn Torah together in salons, Shuls and private homes all over the Holy City and indeed, all over the Country and (we hope) all over the World. Then in the pre-dawn hours one of the most wonderful moments of the year - all of us somehow appear on the streets and walk together to the Old City. Hundreds of us, thousands of us, tens of thousands of us, many dressed all in white, exhilarated, tired, buzzed or blurry - we're somehow all in step and we'll all daven our Morning Prayers and stagger home to various seudas before falling asleep for what has to be one of the best naps of the entire year - Shavuos afternoon! 

Children of Israel, look around you and see where you are, who you are with - those who are connected to your Soul Root, to your Tribe, to your mishpocha and to your heart - connect with each other, love each other, accept each other & rejoice in the gifts we've been given. You'll be hearing more about amazing gifts from Above from us at Radio Free Nachlaot - gevaldt, we've got stories to tell you! But for now it's all about receiving the Torah - so let's receive it together, each in his or her own way and may we each have the vessels in which to hold the riches that HaShem wants to give us! 

Good Yontif, Chag Sameach - remember we only keep ONE DAY OF YOM TOV here in Jerusalem, so to all our listeners Chutz l'Eretz (or as our friend Judy Brodt says and we constantly quote her: "Schumutz l'Eretz") we'll check in with you again after your 2-Day Yom Tovim - and to our friends in Eretz Yisrael - yallah, let's go get some Fire on the Mountain!