Shavuot

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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Person in the Parsha: BAMIDBAR (Shavuot)

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

TWO VERY DIFFERENT TEXTS

 (Note: This week marks the beginning of the seventh year of the Person in the Parsha series, which began with Parshat Bamidbar, May 2009. A book collecting the best of the nearly 300 Person in the Parsha columns...
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On Shavuot, remembering the day I almost dropped the Torah

By EDMON RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Shavuot, we are reminded that the Torah is a tree of life to which we are to hold fast. But what happens when that hold slips from your grasp?

It’s a question I found myself asking six weeks before Shavuot, late in the...
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For Shavuot, try this super easy strawberry rhubarb trifle

By SHANNON SARNA

NEW YORK (JTA) — Forget fancy pastries, cakes or tarts: Trifles are the best dessert you can make for entertaining. They are delicious and look beautiful and impressive, but are actually one of the easiest desserts you can make.

The first time I made a trifle was...
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