Shavuot vs. Matan Torah
If we got the Torah on Shavuot, why doesn’t it say so? The Oral Torah usually supplies us with explanations of the Written Torah. However, sometimes the Oral Torah adds something that isn’t in the Written Torah at all, or seems to contradict it. This is the case when it comes to Shavuot. Why doesn’t the Written Torah connect Shavuot with the giving of the Torah? Join Rabbi Uri Cohen as he explores the contemporary commentaries addressing this issue.
Rabbi Uri Cohen teaches at Midreshet HaRova and Midreshet Moriah. He learned at Yeshivat Shaalvim and Yeshivat Hamivtar, and received Semikhah from RIETS (YU) and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He also holds Masters degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. For two years, he was an ATID Fellow. Through Torah MiTzion, he and his wife Dr. Yocheved Engelberg Cohen served as the first members of the Syracuse Kollel, and later as the first couple of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University. They now live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. His eclectic lecture topics have included Talmudic Misogyny in Context, Harry Potter and the Value of Fantasy, Contemporary Orthodox Responses to Homosexuality, and How Not to Do Outreach.