{{location.city}} {{location.region}} {{location.country}}
{{zmanim.engDateString}} / {{zmanim.hebDateString}} / {{zmanim.parsha_shabbos}}
~ {{formatTime(zmanim.sunrise)}} ~ {{formatTime(zmanim.sunset)}} Candles ~ Fri.{{formatTime(zmanim.candle_lighting_shabbos)}}

Jewish Holidays

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. 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 […]

David HaMelech, Tefillah and Women

May 21, 2009, by

A look at the unusual grandmothers of King David. Esther Wein’s new shiur for Shavuot. Dovid HaMelech is the tikun for Adam HaRishon. He says of himself, “I am prayer” because the essence of Tefillah is praying to be an Adam.

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

Shavuot 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 days Moshe was on top of Mt. Sinai; […]

Cheesecake: Do I Need an Excuse?

May 19, 2009, by

Shavuot is the time when we celebrate the giving of the Torah, but like so many other Jewish holidays, there’s a food component too. This is the “dairy” holiday. Visions of cheesecake come to mind. I’ve heard numerous explanations of why dairy and Shavuot go hand in hand. One is that the holiday commemorates the […]

A Sacred Remembrance

June 5, 2008, by

To her those candles were people. They were family. Sometimes whole families, who had worked and struggled and lived and died. Aunts and uncles. And cousins, with whom she had played and shared and fought and laughed. To her this was a sacred duty, this remembrance.On Shavuos she lit the candles. So many candles, melting […]

© 2017 Orthodox Union | All Rights Reserved