Shavuot

Person in the Parsha: Shavuot

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

A MESSAGE FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM

All beginning students of Torah face this obstacle: in their original, the primary texts of our Jewish tradition have no punctuation. There are neither commas nor periods in the Torah scroll, the Sefer Torah. There are...
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Person in the Parsha: Bamidbar

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

TRANSITIONS AND DESTINATIONS” 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about transitions and destinations. Perhaps this is because of my childhood memories. Back then, at precisely this time of year, my friends and I relished the approach of the end of the school year...
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Cheesecake

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

We customarily celebrate Shavuot (commemorating the Revelation of the Torah at Sinai) with a dairy meal. Blintzes, cheesecake – for some, lasagna – are holiday favorites. The Chofetz Chayim explained this practice as recalling that our ancestors, upon receiving the Dietary Laws at Sinai, discovered...
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OP-ED: On Shavuot, remember that Ruth was a poor immigrant

By RABBI RUHI SOPHIA MOTZKIN RUBENSTEIN  

EUGENE, Oregon (JTA) — A destitute widowed immigrant does what it takes to scrape by so she and her aging mother-in-law can survive. She deals with invisibility; she deals with unwanted attention; she performs manual labor; and she eventually marries up, has a child...
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5 ways to celebrate Shavuot — without (necessarily) studying Torah

By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue.

Meaning: It gets no respect.

Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par with the fall and spring festivals of Succot and Passover, Shavuot is...
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What sex in a traditional Shavuot reading can teach today’s teens

By RABBI DONNA KIRSHBAUM

OMER, Israel (JTA) — As Jews, we tend to pride ourselves on our tradition’s values and how we pass them on to future generations; values such as education, tzedakah, loving the stranger, pursuing justice and tikkun olam, “repair of the world.” But if you were to start...
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How to make perfect cheesecake 5 ways

By RONNIE FEIN

You know Shavuot is coming when you begin to see cheesecakes everywhere. Countless variations in the bakeries and supermarkets. Endless numbers of recipes in the media. Cheesecake is the iconic Shavuot dessert, as sacrosanct as a Hanukkah latke or Passover matzah ball.

Unfortunately, cheesecake is one of those deceptively...
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Sweet Ricotta & Strawberry Bourekas recipe for Shavuot

By DANIELLE ORON

(The Nosher via JTA) — I’m a cheese and dairy fanatic. So for obvious reasons my favorite holiday is Shavuot. This is when spring has sprung and my family makes a whole spread of cheese and dairy-filled foods and desserts. There is always a ton of different cheeses,...
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On Shavuot, who (or what) will get the first fruits?

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — As we approach Shavuot, there’s a battle going on in our garden over who — or what — will get our first fruits.

In ancient days in Israel, beginning at Shavuot — the holiday that marked the wheat harvest as well as the giving of...
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Seven ways to celebrate a meaningful Shavuot

By MAAYAN JAFFE

(JNS.org) — At sundown on Saturday, May 23, Jews around the world will start the two-day holiday (which lasts only one day in Israel) of Shavuot. Also known as the Festival of Weeks because it marks the completion of the counting of the Omer period—which is 49...
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