The forty-sixth day of the Omer, the Sefirah-Count, is called Yom HaMeyuchas, the Day of Distinction. It is the Second Day of Sivan, the day before the beginning of the Shloshet Yemei Hagbalah, the Three Days of Restraint that Moshe commanded the Jewish People to observe; restraint in approach to Mt. Sinai and restraint from […]
No mention is made of Matan Torah in the context of Shavuot and no specific date is given in the Torah for Shavuot, we are only told it is the 50th day after the korban omer. Why is the Shtei HaLechem brought on shavuot, it’s not a fruit like the bikkurim!?!
The 3 avot parallel the 3 regalim. Avraham represents Pesach, Yitzchak represents Shavuot, and Yaakov represents Sukkot. How does Yitzchak represents Shavuot? What is the connection between the Shofar and Torah? Presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education and host of “The Good Vort” on OURadio.org. Recorded live at OU World Headquarters NY, […]
Of Biblical Proportions is a fresh, new comic strip that depicts the weekly Torah portion with modern, humorous twists. The cartoon was conceived and created by NY-based freelance cartoonist Chari Pere. You can view more of her work at www.charipere.com and www.heyyiddlediddle.com.
“Shvoo-oat? That’s a new one. Is it one of those minor holidays?” I’d met Sharon downstairs at the mailboxes in our building’s lobby. I’ve never figured out exactly what floor she lives on in our twenty-one story building. Our relationship was made up of brief conversations in the elevator, me getting off in the single […]
You never know when someone you’ve just met will change your life. I have attracted many of these people, the sort who turn your life upside down and force you to see it in a whole new way. Did Ruth, whose story we read every Shavuot, expect upon meeting her mother-in-law for the first time […]
Everybody has their favorite cheesecake. Cheesecakes are a delicious and popular choice to serve for Shavuot along with cheese kugels and blintzes. You can either buy or bake cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, from plain, marble, strawberry, sugar-free for diabetics, even dairy-free cheesecakes for those who are lactose-intolerant or to serve with a meat […]
1. Shavuot night is like a wedding without worrying about the color scheme – a night of pure encounter. Torat Hashem Temimah Meshivat Nefesh – Torah heals the soul. Pekudei Hashem Yesharim Misamchei Leiv. It brings great inner joy. So why do we stay up all night? It’s like that first taste of love. Picture […]