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Riverdale Community Will Pull ‘All-Nighter’ and Study Torah Until Dawn

This article was originally published on The Jewish Link

Chabad of Riverdale will be hosting engaging programs and activities for the whole family on Shavuot, Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1.

Shavuot commemorates the day God gave the Torah to the Jewish people more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on this day, Jews all over the world renew their acceptance of God’s gift.

On the first night of Shavuot, Tuesday, May 30, it is customary to study Torah the entire night. This Shavuot, Chabad of Riverdale is honored to host Rabbi Simon Jacobson, author of the best-selling book, “Toward a Meaningful Life,” which has sold over 300,000 copies. Rabbi Jacobson heads the Meaningful Life Center, which bridges the secular and spiritual through a wide variety of pioneering live and online programming. Rabbi Jacobson is one of the greatest scholars and sought-after speakers in the Jewish world today. He has lectured to diverse audiences on six continents and in 40 states. He is also publisher of the largest Yiddish-English weekly newspaper, the Algemeiner Journal.

Rabbi Jacobson will be presenting a compelling line-up of lectures on Wednesday and Thursday at Chabad of Riverdale, starting on Wednesday at 12 a.m. The schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, May 31:


midnight: I Find Judaism to Be Repressive: Is There Room in Judaism for Self-Expression?

2:00 a.m.: The New Anti-Semitism and What to Do About It

Shacharit: 4:26 a.m., 9:00 a.m.

Reading of Ten Commandments: 10:00 a.m.

Sermon: 11:00 a.m.: Who Are You? Id or Yid? A New Psychological Model

Ice cream party at PS 24: 2:30 p.m.

Lecture: 7:00 p.m.: Why the Rebbe Is Relevant to Your Life Today

Mincha: 8:11 p.m.

Lecture: 8:30 p.m.: Do You Have a Personal Mission Statement? Learn How to Develop Your Calling in Life

Maariv: 9:10 p.m.

Thursday, June 1:

8:30 a.m.: Tanya Soul Maps with Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Shacharit: 9:00 a.m.

Sermon: 11:00 a.m.: How to Forgive When You Can’t Forget

Yizkor: 11:20 a.m.


7:00 p.m.: Is Your Self-Worth Defined by Your Net Worth?

8:00 p.m.: What Would Schools and Yeshivot Run by the Baal Shem Tov Look Like?

Mincha: 8:20 p.m.

Holiday ends: 9:11 p.m.

The Meaningful Life Center