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  • 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 ▸

  • Argentine Jews come together for Shavuot

    A Shavuot celebration in Buenos Aires’ Belgrano neighborhood, organized by the local Tzedaka social service organization and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was meant to bring together an Argentine Jewish community devastated by the coun More ▸

  • Shavuot: In praise of a much-neglected soup

    NEW YORK, May 10 (JTA) – "My 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. Foods… More ▸

  • New ways to use flora and fauna for Shavuot

    Anybody can be the big cheese on Shavuot —you just have to be a little creative. Dairy foods are traditional on the holiday, with cheesecake topping the list of everyone’s favorite Shavuot dessert. If you want to win friends and impress your neighbors, try hosting a top-your-own cheesecake party, with jam and fresh fruit and… More ▸

  • Holiday: ‘Trifling’ with Shavuot

    NEW YORK, May 14 (JTA) — While Jews of Ashkenazi descent have nicknamed Shavuot "the cheesecake holiday," there is a competitor seeking to bump this traditional dessert off its milky white pedestal. Popping up in American gourmet magazines, the famed English trifle is a creamy rich confection layered with pieces of cake, luscious fruits, custard,… More ▸

  • Holiday Feature: Jews of All Denominations Come Together to Study, Pray on Shavuot

    After the religious-secular tensions that marked Israel’s recent election campaign, the idea of all Jews standing together as a people to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai may seem a distant dream. But each spring, Jews celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, which begins at sundown Thursday. The festival commemorates the moment when the Israelites became… More ▸