Jewish Holidays

Shavuot- Countdown

May 27, 2009, by

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 and

Taking Ruth into Home Stretch

May 25, 2009, by

“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 […]

Conversion is So Not Original

May 25, 2009, by

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 […]

Say Cheese-Cake! And Let The Calories Begin

May 21, 2009, by

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 […]

Shavuot: A Wedding, Omer & Ultimate Humanity

May 21, 2009, by

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. Pikudei 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 […]

Rabbi Weinreb’s The Person in the Parsha: Shavuot

May 21, 2009, by

Rabbi Weinreb’s The Person in the Parsha Weekly Column: Shavuot For those of us living outside the State of Israel, there is no “portion of the week”, parshat hashavua, this coming Sabbath. The two-day holiday of Shavuot falls on Friday and Saturday and preempts the regular reading. Instead, I will devote this weekly column to […]

Shavuot – The Sound of Moosic

May 21, 2009, by

Shavuot, aka “Z’man Matan Torateinu,” The Time of the Giving of Our Torah is soon to be feast a-pun us. So to understand the title of this episode, we read in Exodus 19:16-19: “And it was on the third day, as it became morning, and there was thunder and lightning and a thick cloud on […]

Think Shavuot, Say Cheese

May 20, 2009, by

When we think of Shavuot, we think of cheese, but how did this tradition begin? I asked Gil Marks, whose fascinating cookbook, “Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World” (Wiley Publishing), won the prestigious James Beard award for best vegetarian cookbook. “The use of dairy to celebrate […]

Shavuot – simple recipes for family and friends

May 20, 2009, by

Listen to Linda’s Food Talk show on! Shavout will soon be here. It’s a happy holiday and one where dairy foods and honey shine. So, why dairy on Shavuot? Many people mentioned that they weren’t sure or didn’t remember. Some reasons given deal with the numerical value of milk corresponding to the number of […]

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