The tradition of studying together on Tikkun Leyl Shavuot – the eve of Shavuot
– epitomises the Jewish passion for and commitment to communal learning.
The model of Chavruta – exploring Jewish texts with a partner or a group –
creates a space for reflection, growth, participation, diversity and tolerance.
Through this resource we hope to bring together the tradition of Tikkun Leyl Shavuot and the model of Chavruta to supplement your learning event.
These pages contain six sources which address the theme of ‘Learning’ –
exploring the relationship between teachers and students, God and scripture,
and the ultimate purpose of learning. Each source consists of either one or
two texts, plus some discussion questions to get the conversation flowing.
We have also included two additional passages: a prayer on entering a
place of study and a closing reflection.
It is not necessary to explore every text, nor to answer every question. You may
wish to study with a partner or in a group (or both) and the session may last
for twenty minutes or for hours on end … the decisions are yours! However
you choose to learn or teach the material, we hope that you will find it both
stimulating and illuminating.