Shavuot – Countdown or Count Up?

May 16, 2018
by Alan Contino

When we think about launching a new program there is always a countdown to the launch, the score clock on a football game has a countdown. On the Second day of Passover, there is a count leading up to the holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost) which celebrates the receiving of the Torah. We count 49 days, and day 50 is the holiday of Shavuot. However instead of a countdown there is a count up. Day one, day two…. Day 49.


Perhaps the different ways of counting teach us our attitude. If your team is winning, you can’t wait until the buzzer sounds. However, receiving the Torah wasn’t an end but just a beginning. G-d gave us the Torah and said, now go learn. Keep going higher, never stop. That is our attitude towards receiving the Torah.

In that case, maybe we should have a count up to a new show?

Think about it!

About the Author

Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel

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I am the Director of Development and the 3rd Grade Judaic studies teacher for Yeshivas Darchei Torah located in Southfield, Michigan. In these roles, I am able to pursue both my passions; teaching children and meeting people from all walks of life who share an interest in the education of children.

I love to be challenged; whether in the classroom helping a child with learning or behavior difficulties, or helping Yeshivas Darchei Torah meet its financial obligation.

As a teacher, I like to keep my students guessing what’s next. Whether it’s puppet shows, stories, trips or programs, my classroom is always warm and exciting. I enjoy studying Torah, and I love to share.