Shavuot

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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Why Ecclesiastes?

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Our Bible, our Tanach, is a surprising, sometimes shocking, book. And let’s be honest, most of us haven’t read it, cover to cover, since Sunday School days. And even then our adolescent eye wandered from the page to curly-haired Rachel Pearlman, two...
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Why the Torah was tardy

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Here’s a basic question that our sages have ignored: Why did The Creator of the universe wait so long to hand us the Book of Books – the Torah?

Consider the generations from Adam to Abraham to Moses who stumbled trying to...
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OP-ED: Shavuot, when we became who we are

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Rabbinic tradition teaches that when God spoke at Sinai, the world was silenced — birds did not sing, breezes did not rustle leaves in the trees. Out of that profound silence came the word, and were the world silent again, for even...
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Shavuot – the ignored holiday

By TED ROBERTS, The Scribbler on the Roof

There’s an old Midrash that I just made up that talks about the holidays. They had a party – the holidays that is – and paraded through the synagogue. There was music and much rejoicing.

Yom Kippur was acclaimed the King of...
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Shavuot Poem: Shavuot Sundae

SHAVUOT SUNDAE

There once was a bully Named Gustave McSwat, Who terrorized his neighborhood With a swipe of his bat.

He hated to study, He hated his school. He’d sit and watch TV And think he was cool.

One day he caught...
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Shavuot: A holiday for seven-year-olds too

By TED ROBERTS, the Scribbler on the Roof

My seven year old granddaughter usually visits around Shavuot. She loves to visit her doting grandfather. Naturally. What’s not to like? We eat ice cream. Fudge ripple’s her favorite – our ONLY incompatibility. (Why do kids like their ice cream full of...
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Shavuot Feature: Dairy dishes for Shavuot

By JAMIE GELLER

I love Shavuot. It’s such a happy yom tov (festival)—full of Torah and flowers, learning and family. And it’s our chance to indulge in yummy milchig (dairy) meals that are as lavish and tantalizing as meat fests.  These wonderful seasonal recipes will make your dairy meals a gourmet’s delight, and...
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Shavuot Feature: Torah navigation leads to new journeys

By Edmon J. Rodman

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Shavuot, we celebrate being given the Five Books of Moses by opening the gift and reading from the scroll. But first we need to find the place.

How do we find our place in the Torah?

Newbies to the ways of...
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Shavuot Feature: Celebrate Shavuot with the best of the spring season

By HELEN NASH

NEW YORK (JTA) — With its tradition of dairy meals, Shavuot is one of my favorite holidays. Arriving later in the spring — an ideal time to find delicious fruits, herbs and vegetables — it’s perfect for using fresh and seasonal ingredients.

The four dishes I have...
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