Shavuot and the Romance-Love Dynamic
This is what the Passover-Shavuot dynamic is all about.
On Passover night, upon which we celebrate the Jewish people's exodus from Egypt, we experience the initiation of the relationship between God and the Jewish nation; there is a "romantic" passing over of levels and we experience a much higher plane of relationship with God than the level we are truly at.
However, after that initial high, we crash down; but we are left with an impression of what could be, and we are motivated to make that into a reality. Over the next seven weeks, we work to build ourselves into the more refined individual—both personally and spiritually—that we are truly capable of being, the individual that merits to be on that high level of God-connection and God-experience, that high level of love.
This is why the holiday of Shavuot is called by that name, meaning "weeks"; it is only to the extent that we build and refine ourselves to become the person truly open to receiving the Torah that we are capable of receiving the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot. After all, God can send the Torah our way on the holiday of Shavuot but if we are not open to receiving it, we are going to miss out.
Therefore, the Shavuot holiday is only "Torah Day" for us to the extent that we build, refine, and open ourselves up to receiving the Torah during the seven weeks leading up to the holiday. And it is for this reason that we call the holiday by the name "Shavuot," meaning "weeks."
May we all be blessed to take the necessary steps to build ourselves into the higher more refined versions of ourselves, live out our potentials, experience our love relationship with God, and truly receive the Torah into our lives on Shavuot.
Rabbi Eliyahu Yaakov is a sought after international speaker on Kabbalah, relationships, parenting, and life. His newly released book, Jewish By Choice: A Kabbalistic Take on Life & Judaism, recently hit #1 on Amazon's Best Seller list.