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  • Say ‘grazie’ for ricotta-filled Italian delights

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot begins exactly seven weeks after Passover and brings with it centuries of food traditions.

    Because some say milk and cheese symbolize the purity of the Torah, it is the festival when dairy foods are normally served. The holiday also celebrates the spring harvest, a time...

  • Cheese for Shavuot wrapped in tradition and variety

    By Linda Morel

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than 50 years ago my grandmother took me to a friend's apartment. "Bertha turns out blintzes by the dozen," Granny explained. "Even if there's no company expected, she makes them and stocks her freezer."

    I stood on a stool and watched melting butter turn frothy before...
  • Got Shavuot?

    By David Suissa

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The hottest word in marketing today is "interactive." After decades of treating consumers like passive targets, marketers have learned that the best way to get people excited about your product is to create some kind of interaction -- to make consumers feel and experience the...
  • Tisha B’Av Dilemma: Day of Solemnity or Celebration?

    By Jane Ulman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Traditional Jews mark Tisha B'Av by fasting, reading from the Book of Lamentations and observing rituals of mourning.

    Not all congregations observe the solemn day, however. Tisha B'Av at The Valley Temple, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, took on a less somber demeanor last...

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  • Unraveling the Red String

    By Amy Klein

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's just before midnight, and the Pico-Robertson neighborhood is bustling. Teenagers are hanging out on corners near the pharmacy and suited men and high-heeled women are walking from synagogue to synagogue to attend the lecture of their choice.

    It's the first night of Shavuot, the...

  • How to Give Torah

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There are some ideas so familiar to us that it's easy to forget how radical they are. Every human being is created in God's image. Every life is worth a world. The entire people received Torah at Mount Sinai.

    For most people throughout history, including today, a spiritual quest or...

  • Them and Us

    By Rob Eshman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Jews are just stupid. I'm telling you Rob, they're just stupid."

    "Can I quote you on that, rabbi?"

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis hesitated a second, then said, "Sure, you can quote me."

    Of course, he wasn't talking generally. Some of the rabbi's best friends are Jews. He is passionate in...

  • Blind Faith

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews often live in calendar dialectics. Annually, we oscillate between two Jewish New Years (Tishrei/Nissan) and two "Judgment Days" (Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur). the Dubner Maggid, Rabbi Yaakov Krantz, perhaps the greatest Jewish storyteller of all time, was once asked: Why do we...

  • Briefs

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis Against Reserves

    Fifty Israeli rabbis opposed to the planned Gaza Strip pullout called on army reservists not to turn up for duty.

    "The criminal expulsion mission, which the Israeli government has imposed on the army, makes any service in aid of this crime a serious sin," the...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Dairy Queen

    Do you like ice cream? Cheesecake? Blintzes?

    Well, Shavuot is the holiday for you. That's when the dairy queen grants us our wish: to eat all the sweetest, milkiest foods we want. The rabbis tell us one reason for this custom: The Jews did not eat kosher meat until...

  • Shavuot Food : Turn Torah Fest into a Veggie Feast

    By Judy Zeidler

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, which marks the receiving of the Ten Commandments by Moses, was often referred to as the Jewish Thanksgiving or the "Feast of the First Fruits," a time when farm bounty and grains were brought to the ancient Temple. The harvest often included wheat, barley, grapes, figs,...

  • Shavuot Gets Hip

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Is Shavuot becoming hip? The holiday, which begins June 12, may be one of Judaism's three major festivals, but it had never caught on in America like its more popular cousins, Passover and Sukkot.

    The tradition of tikkun l'eil Shavuot, the all-night study session that marks the...

  • Sorrel Helps Liven Up Neglected Schav

    By Linda Morel

    May 6, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    "Mother used to leave jars full of schav in the refrigerator," says a friend of mine. "Because the stuff looked like seaweed, I would run from the kitchen in horror."

    Schav, the khaki-colored soup once savored by Ashkenazi Jews, has fallen on hard times in recent decades. In a world...

  • Shavuot: A Link to God

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Why is the festival of Shavuot called 'The time of the giving of our Torah' and not the time of the receiving of our Torah? Because the giving of the Torah happened at one specified time, but the receiving of the Torah happens at every time and in every generation. -- Rabbi Meir...

  • New Torahs Mark Holiday Celebration

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates the receiving of the Torah, will be honored this month with special tributes by two area congregations. Figuring prominently is the holiest of all Jewish books, but each event has its own twist.

    In a coming-of-age rite by one of the county's...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    RUTH, A TRUE FRIEND

    On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. Even though Ruth's husband died, she decides not to desert her mother-in-law, Naomi, who has lost her husband and two sons. Ruth leaves her home in Moab to accompany Naomi back to Israel. She cares for Naomi and goes to...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    10 Commandments

    On Shavuot, we read special sections from the Torah. One of those is the Ten Commandments. The first five are engraved on the right tablet. The second five on the left. The first five, according to the rabbis, fall into the category of commandments "between humans...

  • Shavuot

    By Abbi Gilad

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So, what's Shavuot all about? The name means "Weeks", but you will see in the puzzle below that it has different names. The holiday is called "weeks" because we have counted 7 weeks from Pesach to reach it. On Passover we were freed from slavery, but on Shavuot, we received, as free...

  • Lag B’Omer

    By Abby Gilad

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    OK. Now what's an omer?

    It is a unit of measure -- like a pound or a kilo. That is how sheaves of barley were measured. The Israelites were commanded to bring an omer of barley to the Temple on the second day of Passover. If you don't believe me, read this week's Torah portion, Emor. It says it right there. Then they were supposed to count 49 days from that day, until Shavuot. Lag B'Omer falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer. Get it?

  • Counting the Days

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sunday evening the Jewish world begins its celebration of Shavuot (which literally means weeks). In preparation for the holiday, the Torah orders us to count 49 days (seven weeks) from the second night of Passover until the festival's start.

    As the Bible states, "On [the 50th day] a...

  • Unity Holiday

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot, one of the trio of Jewish pilgrimage festivals that includes Passover and Sukkot, tends to get short shrift from most American Jews. Coming mere weeks after the Passover seders, perhaps the first-fruits festival simply finds many folks holidayed out. Or maybe it's because...

  • Cheese Blintzes for Shavuot

    By Judy Zeidler

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai and brings with it centuries of food traditions. It is the time when dairy foods are traditionally served, and cheese blintzes are one of the most popular dishes of the holiday.

    I may not serve blintzes during...

  • Worshipping at Haoman 17

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish tradition mandates that on Shavuot, men, women and children should celebrate the anniversary of the giving of the Torah by staying up into the morning praying and studying the holy books. At about 3 a.m. in Jerusalem, the most devout begin a pilgrimage to perform this sacred...

  • Soy Vey! A Shavuot Without Milk

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, on May 21, is about the last time of year you would want to talk to Beth Ginsberg or her boss, Michael Milken. Ginsberg is Milken's chef, and together they co-authored the best-selling "The Taste of Living Cookbook: Mike Milken's Favorite Recipes for...

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