Yesterday they were dropping their children off at school and checking in at work. Today, thousands of civilians are held hostage in their homes under unrelenting rocket fire. But they are not alone.

Our sages teach us that the Revelation at Sinai was a wedding. God was the groom and the Jewish people were His bride.

Every morning a Jew should wake up and feel fortunate to have the Torah and the opportunity to observe its commandments. We remember this even more so on Shavuot.

It is ironic that Shavuot is such a little-known holiday. Because in fact, Shavuot commemorates the single most important event in Jewish history - the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

The Book of Ruth is much more than a story about one woman’s conversion to Judaism and love for the Jewish people. Many laws and customs are based on her experiences.