Shavuot

  • Shavuot Feature Shavuot May Not Be Passover, but It’s Become a Little Bit Hip

    Shavuot, which begins June 12, may be one of Judaism’s three major festivals, but it’s never caught on in America like its more popular cousins, Passover and Sukkot. The Orthodox have kept the tradition of tikkun leil Shavuot, the all-night study session that precedes the commemoration of God’s giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai…. More ▸

  • Shavuot Feature Bean Soup and Rice Pudding to Help You Celebrate Shavuot

    There are at least six ways to celebrate Shavuot, according to Rabbi Gil Marks. Decking out: At Shavuot, people traditionally adorn their synagogues and homes with greens and flowers.”Bring greenery into your house,” Marks says. “We don’t need to be cut off from nature any more.” Plant sod in oblong containers for table centerpieces. Flood… More ▸

  • Shavuot Feature Synagogues Try to Reverse Trend of the Post-bar Mitzvah Dropout

    Afternoons this past school year often found teenager Ross Weissman tutoring sixth-graders in Hebrew or leading third-graders in prayer. Weissman, 18, and many of his friends became mentors for younger children at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, Pa., a Conservative synagogue whose religious school allows teens from eighth to 12th grades to earn… More ▸

  • New recipes for Shavuot tradition

    Jeffrey Nathan describes his unlikely path from dishwasher and Navy cook to renowned chef, and how he turned a mistake in preparing a Shavuot dessert into a savory holiday appetizer, smoked salmon cheesecake. More ▸

  • Focus on Family No Loopholes on Shavuot: 3,315 Years of Jewish Law Honored

    “You know, Rabbi Hal, there’s no contract that can’t be broken,” my son Danny said to the teacher of his sixth-grade Judaic studies class. There are advantages to being the son of a lawyer. Danny, 12, knows the difference between slander and libel. He knows, under the California Civil Code, that gift certificates, with few… More ▸

  • Shavuot: the long arm of Jewish law

    Jane Ulman explains how her 12-year-old son Danny, a firm believer in legal loopholes, discovered that he’s contractually bound by Jewish law handed down 3,315 years before he was even born. On Shavuot, Jews take time to recall the all-encompassing Jewish More ▸