Shavuot

  • Shavuot Feature: Shavuot; the Unfinished Holiday

    Among the three biblical pilgrimage holidays, Shavuot appears to be short, undeveloped and damaged by history. Biblically, it is observed for one day – now two in the Diaspora for traditional Jews – with no distinctive commandments comparable to the matzah and seder of Passover or the sukkah, lulav and etrog of Sukkot. Sadly, the… More ▸

  • Shavuot Feature: Kugel and Blintzes Customary on Holiday Commemorating Torah

    Shavuot, which is celebrated seven weeks after Passover, commemorates the receiving of the Torah by Moses on Mount Sinai. It is customary to serve dairy foods, such as kugel and blintzes, during Shavuot. But fat-conscious dieters need not fret, because favorite recipes can be modified to meet today’s nutritional standards without significantly affecting the basic… More ▸

  • Shavuot: Going to Sinai Again

    More than 90 percent of American Jews participate in some sort of seder on Passover in remembrance of the Exodus. Probably less than 10 percent of American Jews commemorate the Sinai revelation on Shavuot. Not until we correct the imbalance will American Jewish life experience a renaissance. Religiously speaking, Sinai is the twin peak of… More ▸

  • Terrorists Who Attacked Beaches on Shavuot Sentenced to 30 Years

    A Lod military court on Monday sentenced to 30 years in prison the 12 Arab terrorists captured in a failed attempt to attack crowded beaches near Tel Aviv on the Shavuot holiday. The 12 accused, all between 20 and 30 years old, were convicted last month of membership in a terrorist organization, illegal possession of… More ▸

  • Arafat Writes Letter to Zionist Head, but Fails to Condemn Shavuot Attack

    Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat has taken the unprecedented step of writing a letter to the head of a Zionist organization, contending that the PLO “has made a historical compromise” for peace and that “Israel has to make a similar historical compromise to achieve peace with the Palestinian people.” In his message to Menachem… More ▸

  • Flap on School Board Vote on Shavuot is Settled

    Agreement was reached today in federal district court here that a group of Jewish voters in the Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District in Long Island could vote tomorrow in a school board election after the school board rejected a protest over the scheduling of the election on Wednesday, the first day of Shavuot. Dennis Rapps,… More ▸

  • Shavuot Observed in Many Ways

    The Shavuot holiday yesterday gave Israelis a long weekend to take to the beaches and countryside while the pious flocked to synagogues. The latter were especially crowded during “Yizkor,” the memorial service for departed loved ones. Shavuot is only observed for one day in Israel. In many respects, it was a children’s holiday Youngsters, garbed… More ▸

  • Israelis Prepare for Shavuot Festival; Gird for Possible Terrorist Acts

    Children were the custodians of tradition today as Israelis prepared for the Shavuot festival beginning at sundown. Youngsters dressed in white and garlanded with flowers, carried baskets of fruit and vegetables to Jewish National Fund headquarters, symbolic of the offering of the first crop. The long weekend ahead is a time of prayer for the… More ▸