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  • 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 Jane Wakefield

    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.


  • 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


    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...

  • The Shavuot Challenge: Connecting Liberal American Jewish Males to Jewishness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2013 | 5:15 am

    There’s no better and more timely reading recommendation for Shavuot eve than Patrilineal Descent in American Reform Judaism, a paper recently published by the Jewish People Policy Institute (which I incidentally work for, in case you didn’t know). Its author, Prof. Sylvia Barak...

  • Revelations and Revolutions: Thinking about Shavuot

    By Aryeh Cohen

    May 13, 2013 | 8:40 am

    Last year good friends visiting from Israel brought as a gift a CD by Gal Ziv, which put to music some wonderful contemporary Israeli poems. One line sticks with me. It is from the poem “Ibn Gvirol, Tammuz, Future Tense” by Tal Nitzan. The poem is sung with a hauntingly beautiful...

  • Wandering, Romantic Love, Transcendence, and Shavuot - D’var Torah B’midbar

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    May 9, 2013 | 7:42 am

    This week’s portion B’midbar (lit. “In the desert”) always precedes the festival of Shavuot that begins on Tuesday evening. Parashat B’midbar is not just a marker that reminds us when Shavuot occurs each year, its juxtaposition joins the season’s themes of wandering, covenant,...

  • Shavuot inspires dairy recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 8, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Ten Commandments and the arrival of the spring harvest. But, for food lovers, it is noted for the array of dairy foods that are served — delicious combinations of cheese, sour cream, milk and eggs. Also in abundance are “stuffed” foods, such...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 11–17, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 10:43 am

    SAT MAY 11


    Known as “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” the five-time Grammy-nominated Feinstein covers classics from musical theater as well as the songs of Frank Sinatra and other standards. $40-$85. 8 p.m. California State University,...

  • Celebrate Shavuot with the best of the spring season

    May 7, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    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 selected for a Shavuot menu not...

  • White night in Pico

    By David Suissa

    May 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    I have a feeling that several years from now, as the movement to strengthen Jewish connection in America accelerates, the coolest night of the year will be Shavuot.

    You see,  one of the traditions of the Shavuot festival — which commemorates the receiving of the Torah some 3,300...

  • Shavuot and Mormons

    By Mark Paredes

    May 28, 2012 | 12:04 am

    But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? Yea, what do the Gentiles mean? Do they remember the travails, and the...

  • SHAVUOT: 10 ways to celebrate

    May 24, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Saturday, May 26

    Rabbis Yonah Bookstein (Jewlicious) and Sharon Brous (IKAR) meet for a rabbinic head-to-head during a night of Shavuot celebration, which features TED-style learning, challah baking, meditation, tequila shots with the rabbis and more. Special guest...

  • Rabbi Akiva’s gift to a ghost

    May 23, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    “You shall teach your children diligently” (Deuteronomy 6:7).

    Rabbi Akiba traveled from town to town in Israel, teaching the Torah, judging cases, settling disputes, offering wisdom and listening to the stories of his people. It happened once, as he made his way to a certain...

  • Shavuot – Torah for everyone

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 23, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    My daughter, Dina, accepted a summer job here in Los Angeles last year. Before being hired, she explained that she was an observant Jew who would have to take off two days in early June to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. The manager, respecting Dina’s religious commitment, said...

  • ‘Spavuot’ offers day of teaching and escapism

    May 23, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Craig Taubman vividly remembers when Bill Kaplan first showed him around the grounds of the Shalom Institute, neatly tucked into the vast Santa Monica Mountains of Malibu.

    For Taubman, it was, quite simply, serenity.

    The open spaces, the chirping birds, the sweeping views. It...

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