Ask a group of average Jews what they know about Shavuot, and you’re likely to hear something like: “Oh sure, that’s the holiday when we eat cheesecake.” From a biblical standpoint, Shavuot is one of the holiest days in Judaism, but as a holiday on the Jewish calendar it is one of the most misunderstood and overlooked.
The namesake of the famous company Sara Lee discusses her father's early expeierments with cheesecake and how he decided to name the company he founded after her. From Jewish Cooking In America with Joan Nathan.
What I did not expect was to get a phone call from one of the city's illustrious Orthodox rabbis defending the magical, mystical, community-building power of ... the cheesecake.
OK, mom, so what part of eating that cheesecake is making you feel guilty? If you fear that little bubbela is annoying the other customers in the bakery, your worries are over.
When I was growing up, two types of food were usually associated with the holiday of Shavuot. There were the dairy dishes -- blintzes, knishes, noodle kugels and, of course, cheesecake. Most of us remember them from our childhood, but they were always laden with cream, butter and cheese, and may not appeal to our diet today.
Full-blooded Ashkenazi Jews, we were equal-opportunity cheesecake lovers.