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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

  • Retrial ordered in Md. case held on Shavuot

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    February 28, 2011 | 11:39 am

    An Orthodox Jewish plaintiff in a medical malpractice trial will be allowed a retrial after he missed part of the trial for a religious holiday.

    The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 24 that by not rescheduling the court date so that Alexander Neustadter could appear, his...

  • Dairy, dairy, Shavuot is quite contrary to holidays’ meat traditions [RECIPE]

    May 12, 2010 | 1:37 pm

    Recently my 3-year-old granddaughter played with a music box she had received from her parents at Chanukah.

    “What is Chanukah?” I asked her.

    “It’s the candle holiday,” she said.

    At such an early age, she was impressed by the drama of this powerful symbol. Yet she’s not old enough to...

  • Camp Obama vs. Shavuot: The Third Story

    May 28, 2009 | 3:19 pm

    Hundreds of young people gathered to become a part of Camp Obama for intensive three-day weekend retreats throughout the months of July and August of 2007. Several of the retreats were led by Marshall Ganz, a Harvard professor of sociology, and son of a rabbi and World War II Army...

  • Birthright Israel, sex and the column

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Birthright Israel

    Your idea of creating multiple levels of free services and programs for various Jewish groups is brilliant ("Free at Last," June 6). In retrospect, and l'havdil, we should take a lesson from Hamas and Hezbollah. What gives these organizations their popular support...
  • Shavuot 5768: Praise for the scroll

    June 9, 2008 | 1:01 am

    In a knowledge world ruled by books and pages and digitized memory, why do Jews hold onto the scroll?

    As Shavuot (with its focus on receiving the Torah) begins, I must ask: Could it be that rolled along together somewhere in our minds with the love of Torah is the love of scroll?

    ...
  • Breaking news: Giraffe milk is kosher, Israeli rabbis say

    By The Web Guy

    June 6, 2008 | 3:25 pm


    I shot this cellphone video of giraffes at the Los Angeles Zoo two years ago

    From our friends at JTA:

    Israeli rabbis have declared giraffe’s milk kosher.

    Ahead of Shavuot, the festival when dairy foods traditionally are eaten, a team of rabbis and Bar-Ilan University scientists have...

  • Shavuot 5768: Creative twists fill large field of holiday events

    By Amy Klein

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Three days before revelation, the ancient Jews prepared themselves to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai. Had they been around today, one might ask, would their ritual have taken place at a wine bar? Or by practicing yoga? Or staging a dramatic play?

    Those are some of the more...

  • Shavuot 5768: Multitude of views from majestic Mount Sinai

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    "Present at Sinai: The Giving of the Law" by S.Y. Agnon, translated by Michael Swirsky (Jewish Publication Society, 1994). Originally published in Hebrew as "Atem Re'item" by Schocken Books in Hebrew in 1959.

    What will you study the night of Shavuot? How about immersing yourself in...

  • Shavuot 5768: Midrash love

    By David Suissa

    June 5, 2008 | 2:21 pm

    When I think of Torah, the first thing that comes to mind is a divine, rigorous system of laws that guides an ethical and holy way of life.

    The last thing I think about is whimsy and romance.

    Yet, over the past few weeks, as part of the B'nai David-Judea Congregation, I have...

  • The greatest gift of all—and Bunnies!

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    May 29, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    The Greatest Gift

    On June 8, we will celebrate the festival of Shavuot. What is Shavuot?

    Choose the words below that make the sentences correct, and then dazzle your friends with all you've learned.

    1. Shavuot marks the day we received the (phone book/Torah) at (Mount Sinai/the...

  • Find your inner cheesecake

    By David Suissa

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Next time I'll be more careful before I make fun of cheesecakes. You might recall that last week, I waxed plaintively at how the custom of serving dairy has come to dominate people's view of Shavuot -- and how the holiday could certainly use some better marketing to make it more...
  • Mr. Nobody

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A senior colleague once told me that when he was a student in college he took a creative writing course. One of his classmates could express himself beautifully, but could not conceive any creative ideas on his own. He would always turn to my colleague for ideas, and then proceed to...
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