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  • 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 ▸

  • Focus on Family: in Time of Violence and Turmoil, Shavuot Reminds Us of Vital Rules

    “Oreos for breakfast,” Danny, my 8-year-old cookie monster, advocates. “No set bed time,” says Gabe, 12, the nocturnal son. “Mountain bike-riding in place of school,” adds Jeremy, 10, the future triathlete. These are my sons’ answers to the question I pose: If all rules were suspended, what would you do? Zack, 15, rolls his eyes… More ▸

  • Recipes for Shavuot – a Vegetarian’s Delight

    Recipes for Shavuot — A vegetarian’s delight Famous for dairy foods, Shavuot favors vegetarians. “It’s a big relief to browse around a table and know I can eat everything,” says a 20-something editorial assistant who hasn’t touched red meat in 10 years. At other holidays, her main course consists of side dishes. “Shavuot is the… More ▸

  • Shavuot Feature: Reform Jews Embrace Tradition of Shavuot Holiday Torah Study

    Shavuot will be about more than eating the traditional dairy foods — blintzes and cheesecake — for Jonathan Eisenthal this year. Eisenthal, the stay-at-home father of a 4-year-old daughter and newborn son in St. Paul, Minn., will for the first time be devoting the night of the Shavuot festival to studying Torah in a traditional… More ▸

  • Shavuot Feature (2): Marking the Top 10 Values Guiding Modern Jewish Life

    In the 16th century, the mystics of Safed revitalized Shavuot observance with a brilliant form of adult education — an intellectual seder called “tikkun layl Shavuot.” They put together a selection of the entire Jewish tradition that could be studied in one night. In an age of sound bites, an all night test is too… More ▸