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  • From Egypt to Sinai in 49 Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 26, 2015 | 9:12 am

    In Jewish tradition, we count 49 days – seven weeks of seven days – between Pesach (Passover), when we remember what it was like for us to be slaves in Egypt, and Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the wisdom of Torah at Mount Sinai.

    This year, as usual, I took a day off of...

  • On Shavuot, remembering the day I almost dropped the Torah

    May 22, 2015 | 10:48 am

    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 Torah service on the last day of Passover.

    Returning...

  • For Shavuot, try this easy strawberry rhubarb trifle

    May 22, 2015 | 9:31 am

    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 actually after a baking mistake....

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Shavuot with Rabbi Joshua Lief

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 22, 2015 | 4:07 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joshua Lief, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida. Rabbi Lief attended Princeton University, where he swam on the varsity squad, competed on the debate team, and graduated with a degree in History. After Princeton, Rabbi...

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  • Cartoon: Shavuot Tablets

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 21, 2015 | 4:07 pm

  • She followed her heart to her true faith

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    May 21, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    I’m sitting in a plush rocking chair underneath a large painting of Jesus in my grandma’s living room. My grandma is across from me, smiling, her hands linked. Danny Lobell, my fiancé, is next to me.

    “So, what’s your background?” she asks Danny.

    “I’m Scottish and Jewish,” he...

  • Blintzes and beyond for Shavuot

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 21, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    The holiday of Shavuot marks the receiving of the Ten Commandments by Moses, but it’s also a kind of Jewish Thanksgiving, when farm bounty and grains — “first fruits” — were brought to the temple. These often included wheat, barley, grapes, figs and dates.

    In modern times,...

  • On Shavuot, reopening the book

    May 21, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    On Shavuot, which this year falls on May 23, we celebrate the day that we received the Torah on Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. Think about that. Every year, we celebrate receiving the exact same book, or, more precisely, re-receiving the exact same Torah. But if I possess...

  • Witnesses to Iraq’s Farhud

    By Jane Ulman

    May 20, 2015 | 2:42 pm

    Over the first two days of June 1941, countless numbers of Jewish women in Baghdad were raped, more than 2,000 Jews were injured — many of them mutilated — and 900 homes, as well as 586 Jewish-owned businesses, were looted. All told, according to Iraqi-born historian Elie Kedourie,...

  • Is Shavuot dead?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 20, 2015 | 10:40 am

    If you’re like most Jews, chances are you looked at the title of this piece and asked yourself one of two questions: either “Who cares?” or “Shavu-what?”

    Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that begins at sundown on May 23. Religiously speaking, it is one of the three major festival...

  • Rabbis holding vigil for detained African migrants ahead of Shavuot

    May 20, 2015 | 10:24 am

    More than 40 rabbis will hold a prayer vigil and pre-Shavuot study session at the Holot detention center for African migrants.

    The program, organized by leaders of Rabbis for Human Rights and supported by the New Israel Fund, was scheduled for Wednesday outside the open-detention...

  • Shavuot: Bridging the Unbridgeable Chasm

    May 15, 2015 | 12:28 pm

    Shavuot is a short holiday – one day in Israel, two in the Diaspora. There is no special mitzvah connected to it. And, at least in theory, it has no fixed date. Shavuot is completely dependent on Passover, which precedes it, and is celebrated only after the counting of seven weeks....

  • Capturing the Israeli summer holidays

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 11, 2014 | 9:54 am

    This past month, we celebrated three major Israeli holidays: Israel's 66th Independence Day, Lag Ba'Omer and Shavu'ot.

    Lag Ba'Omer is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the counting of the Omer (six weeks from Passover to Shavu'ot.) For most of us secular...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • Shavuot, when we became who we are

    June 3, 2014 | 8:41 am

    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 an instant, we could hear the everlasting echo of...

  • Where’s My Brisket???

    By Revital Belz

    June 3, 2014 | 2:49 am

    So...On Rosh Hashana: broiled chicken. Succot: meat borsht and roast beef. Pesach: Grandma’s tongue and brisket. Shavuot: CHEESECAKE???

    In my house growing up, my mom would only make meat and chicken once a week on Shabbat, and besides for the cold leftovers we’d have Sunday...

  • Jews should seek converts

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 2, 2014 | 10:11 am

    On Shavuos we read the story of Ruth, the Moabite convert, who has the most eloquent speech of the entire Bible: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the...

  • 2014 Shavuot services

    May 28, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Chabad’s “Conejo Mount Sinai Experience” celebration of Shavuot features a reading of the Ten Commandments on June 4 at 10 a.m., followed by a sit-down dairy lunch of pizza and cheesecake. Also featured: Mount Sinai Ice Cream Cones for everyone. Evening services June 3 and 4 at...

  • All night with God: Picturing revelation

    May 28, 2014 | 11:39 am

    In a City of Angels, with murals and figures of the agents of heaven fluttering everywhere, as we approach Shavuot and the time of Matan Torah — the receiving of the Torah — you would think that finding a place to have a revelatory moment would be as easy as stepping outside.

    ...
  • On Shavuot, reconsidering the origins of the Torah

    May 28, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Is the Torah true? 

    The story itself is pure Hollywood (and yes, there have been a few movies): God sends a messenger to free a group of slaves from the superpower of the time, Egypt. When Pharaoh says no, plagues rain down from heaven until he finally relents. The slaves leave...

  • Plenty of clowning around at Lag b’Omer parade

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    May 21, 2014 | 11:37 am

    Clowns, chickens, children and thousands of Chabad Chasidim crowded West Pico Boulevard on May 18 for the Great Parade, an annual celebration of Lag b’Omer in Pico-Robertson. 

    The event, which was made up of floats from Chabad schools and synagogues around Los Angeles, local...

  • Pesach, Shavuot, and all that’s in Between

    By Revital Belz

    May 7, 2014 | 4:47 am

    The Game

    Counting the Omer is one of those things that has become a game. The longer I stay in the game, the more of a chance I have of winning. If I forget to count a day, I’m out. Me and my siblings have a contest every year of who can ‘stay in the game’ for longer. But we...

  • Top 10 Rolling Stones Shavuot songs

    April 3, 2014 | 5:41 pm

    The good news? The Rolling Stones will play Tel Aviv in June. The bad news? A large portion of Israelis won’t be able to go.

    The concert, scheduled for June 4, falls at the end of Shavuot — making it near impossible for holiday-observant Israelis to go see Mick, Keith and...

  • A prayer for Oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Lord our God, we stood before You just a week ago to receive the Ten Statements of Your Torah. We stood, as though with our ancestors, and listened to the Torah reader chant descriptions of the smoking mountain, the thunderous rumbling, and the long-awaited voice of God.

    This...

  • Thank You Rabbi Kurtz

    By Nolan Lebovitz

    May 16, 2013 | 9:40 pm

    I just spent the last two days of Shavuot studying.  While Shavuot is supposed to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, I find it more meaningful to be grateful for the enduring cycle of regiving or transmittance of Torah (which of course cannot be explained without...

  • What I Learned From Shavuot All-Night Study

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 16, 2013 | 10:56 am

    By Inga Roizman

    I loved it. Two nights ago I was honored to see my coworkers, our residents, and other members of the community speak about what they need to learn most. I was struck by the vulnerability that each of them granted us with their lesson.

    Some discussions were...

  • Palestinian group says it fired rockets on Mount Hermon

    May 16, 2013 | 10:36 am

    A previously unknown Palestinian group took responsibility for two rockets that hit Mount Hermon, a popular Israeli tourist site in the Golan Heights.

    The group, which calls itself the Abdul Qader Husseini Battalions of the Free Palestine movement, said in a statement issued...

  • This week in power: WoW scuffling, IRS scandal, Newseum, Shavuot message

    By Danny Groner

    May 16, 2013 | 3:46 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Kotel fight
    Last Friday, the Kotel was a spot for outrage and bickering as the Women of the Wall again arrived to pray on the date of the new month. Only this time they encountered...

  • May 18-24

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    SAT | MAY 18

    ANATOLIAN CULTURES AND FOOD FESTIVAL 

    This four-day cultural and historical event, which began May 16, includes exhibitions, food, arts and crafts, performances, dances, live music and more. Sat. Through May 19. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday.) $12 (adult), $9...

  • A Healthier Shavuot: My Favorite Cheese Plate

    By Elana Horwich

    May 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

    On Shavuot we Jews eat dairy - cheese blintzes, cheese kreplach, even cheesecake. Here's my idea. You don’t need to cook in order to feed your guests. Just choose the best quality items for a simple, yet fantastic, cheese plate.

    Fyi, you only need to serve one type of cheese...if...

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