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Preview: We usually associate the “haggadah” with the holiday of Pesach. But is there such a thing as a “Shavuot haggadah?” You bet! In fact, its text appears in the Torah itself – and we actually recite it on Pesach night. A short thought on the relationship between the mitzvah of “v’higaddeta” on Pesach and the mitzvah of “higaddeti” on Shavuot.
Preview: How do we find Hashem, post-Sinai? Boaz’s first words in megillat Rut – “ה’ עמכם” – offer the paradigm: to make Hashem’s presence felt on earth, we must conduct ourselves in a Godly fashion. Indeed, that’s what so endeared Rut: not revelation, not philosophy, not spirituality, but the kindness of a single person, Naomi. Maybe this approach also illuminates why some of last the words we sing upon returning the Torah to the aron are “דרכיה דרכי נעם:” when revelation ends, what remains is the imperative to reveal Hashem through our acts.