Drinking Torah like Milk
The holiday of Shavuot makes its debut in this week’s parashah. One of Shavuot’s most distinctive customs is that we consume milk and eat other dairy foods. And though there is no explicit mention of any connection between Shavuot and milk in the Torah itself, R. Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz, the Olelot Ephraim, finds a basis for this custom in the Torah’s description of Shavuot, by means of a rather inventive reading. Understanding the Olelot Ephraim’s teaching, both in form and content, leads us to an important lesson about what the Torah really is and what it means for us to receive it.
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