Taste: Sweet in our Mouths

| Shavuot By :  Eliezer B. Diamond Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics Posted On Jun 6, 2016 / 5776 | Sound Bytes | Holidays

On Shavuot, we read that the Torah was given with thunder, lightning, smoke, shaking ground, and a shofar blast. How do we experience the Torah with all our senses today?

May the words of Your Torah be sweet in our mouths and in the mouths of Your people, the House of Israel. And may we and our descendants and the descendants of Your people, the House of Israel, know Your Name and learn Torah for its own sake. Blessed are You, God, who teaches Torah to God’s people, Israel.

וְהַעֲרֶב נָא ה’ אֱלהֵינוּ אֶת דִּבְרֵי תורָתְךָ בְּפִינוּ וּבְפִי עַמְּךָ בֵּית יִשרָאֵל. וְנִהְיֶה אֲנַחְנוּ וְצֶאֱצָאֵינוּ. וְצֶאֱצָאֵי עַמְּךָ בֵּית יִשרָאֵל, כֻּלָּנוּ יודְעֵי שְׁמֶךָ וְלומְדֵי תורָתֶךָ לִשְׁמָהּ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ הַמְלַמֵּד תּורָה לְעַמּו יִשרָאֵל. 

(From the blessings preceding Torah study in the daily liturgy.)