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  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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