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  • 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...

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

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 10:43 am

    SAT MAY 11

    MICHAEL FEINSTEIN

    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

    “TEN”
    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...

  • For Shavuot, Bay Area Jews head to the wilderness

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 23, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Most Jews around the world observe Shavuot in the relative comfort of their synagogues and homes. Not so for Wilderness Torah, a Berkeley-based nonprofit.

    On May 25, for the fifth consecutive year, the group will celebrate the commemoration of God’s giving the Torah to the...

  • Opinion: If Passover is the question, Shavuot is the answer

    May 22, 2012 | 11:11 am

    Unlike other Jewish holidays, the Torah does not specify a date for Shavuot; it is celebrated on the 50th day (seven weeks) after Passover. We moderns celebrate Shavuot on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan; in ancient times, when the first day of every month was declared...

  • Putting the Ten Commandments on display

    May 17, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Are the Ten Commandments only to be heard but not seen? And when they are seen, how should they look?

    Some groups, notably the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), believe that public images of the Ten Commandments should be scarce.

    “That the increasing call by private citizens and...

  • The goat herd: A story of chevre, Shavuot and backyard goats [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    May 17, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    The most common question people ask when they visit our home is: “Why the goats?”

    We live in the city. A few houses west of us, four lanes of Lincoln Boulevard traffic roar past day and night. Planes from cursed Santa Monica Airport buzz overhead. And on any given night,...

  • What’s the Question? What’s the Answer?

    May 17, 2012 | 11:45 am

    Unlike other Jewish holidays, the Torah does not specify a date for Shavuot; it is celebrated on the 50th day (seven weeks) after Passover. We moderns celebrate Shavuot on the 6th day of the month of Sivan; in ancient times, when the first day of every month was declared only when...

  • The goat herd: A story of chevre, Shavuot and backyard goats [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2012 | 7:49 pm

    The most common question people ask when they visit our home is: “Why the goats?”

    We live in the city. A few houses west of us, four lanes of Lincoln

    Boulevard traffic roar past day and night. Planes from cursed Santa Monica Airport buzz overhead. And on any given night,...

  • May 19-25

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    SAT | MAY 19

    “A HAPPY END”
    Days after the election that brings Hitler to power, a Jewish couple — an acclaimed physicist and his unfaithful wife — contemplate whether to seek an unknown future outside of Germany or stay put in Berlin. Written by playwright Iddo Netanyahu,...

  • Liberation

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It’s fashionable to look at Passover as a universal idea. This makes sense; after all, how much more universal can you get than the theme of human freedom? Also, it’s a lot easier these days to be outer-directed and feel outrage at injustice. Thanks to the Internet, millions can...

  • June 7-June 17

    By Ryan Torok

    June 7, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    TUES | JUNE 7

    SHAVUOT
    Synagogues across the city hold marathon learning sessions to celebrate the holiday:


    TEMPLE BETH AM’S COMMUNITY TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT
    Jewish texts further the understanding of difficult social issues and current events, including the Arab spring,...

  • Valedictorian to give taped speech to accommodate Shavuot observance [VIDEO]

    June 6, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    The valedictorian at a northern California high school is planning to deliver her graduation address via a pre-recorded audio message in order to observe Shavuot.

    Carolyn Fine worked out the arrangement with Vacaville High School officials, according to The Reporter, Vacaville’s...

  • Seeking a conversion in time for Shavuot

    June 1, 2011 | 12:30 pm

    Ruth’s day is coming. Not the Ruth with all the home runs. The other Ruth, the biblical one who hit an eternal shot for Jews by Choice.

    We read her book and story on Shavuot. Her words of commitment spoken to her mother-in-law, Naomi, travel over time to us on the holiday:...

  • Amigos in San Miguel de Allende: A Shavuot Story of Conversion

    June 1, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Click here to read this article in Spanish.

    Earlier this year, I got a call from an old friend, Rabbi Juan Mejia. Juan asked me if I’d be willing to accompany him and Rabbi Felipe Goodman to San Miguel de Allende for a couple of days in early February. Juan, Felipe and I have a...

  • Say Cheese: Recipes for Shavuot

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 31, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    During Shavuot, it’s a custom to serve dairy foods, such as cheese blintzes, cheese noodle kugels, cheesecake and even ice cream. But have you wondered where this tradition comes from?

    There are many explanations, but I like the theory that, at this time of the year, sheep and...

  • June 1-June 10

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    WED | JUNE 1

    “DISSOLUTION”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” inspires director Nina Menkes’ 2010 Israeli art film, which follows a morose young Israeli Jew (Didi Fire) who murders a female pawnbroker. Shot in Yaffo, a predominantly Arab part of Tel Aviv, the...

  • Italian cheeses inspire a unique holiday menu

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 19, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    It all started with Signora Grazia, an elderly cheese maker in Panzano, Italy. While vacationing in this Tuscan village, just 30 minutes south of Florence, we walked by her farm early one morning and saw the sign that read “Pecorino and Fresh Ricotta for Sale.”

    We hiked up the...

  • From Torah to cheesecake

    May 18, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    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...

  • Shavuot with a French accent

    May 11, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Joan Nathan says she’s always had a particular fascination with French Jews and their food.

    For Nathan, author of “Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France (Knopf, 2010), the love affair with French cuisine started as a teenager when she made her first...

  • At a Jewish time of reflection, thoughts on a pope and Catholicism

    May 5, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Passover is over and Shavuot is weeks away. It’s a season when Jews traditionally take time for contemplation and reflection.

    This year, I’ve been reflecting on Catholicism. Rather on the complicated interfaith nexuses between Catholics and Jews.

    In large part, of course, this is...

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