Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
At Shavuot time, tradition says: Think dairy!
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Shavuot is the late spring festival that begins seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, thus the Festival of the First Fruits. Historically, it is the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is generally associated...
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Soups are a cool way to bring in Shavuot
By:
Linda Morel, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Shavuot celebrations often center around brunch, where lox and bagels grab the attention. Those who branch out typically gravitate to blintzes and kugels. But in the Old Country, Shavuot meals often started with cold, creamy soups -- an appetizer that has all but disappeared in today's grab-and-go world. I suspect that cold soups have been replaced by smoothies, a staple...
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Dairy delights for all!
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
As with Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot is rooted in the agricultural seasons. Originally, it was the beginnings of the wheat harvest. Before the fall of the Temple, thousands of Jews traveled from the countryside to Jerusalem with thanksgiving offerings. The High Priest (representing the Jewish people) placed twin loaves baked from the newly harvested wheat on the alter. Families arrived...
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Celebrate the holiday of Shavuot!
Shavuot — or “weeks” — is known by several names. It is called Pentecost and the “Feast of Weeks” because it falls on the 50th day after the second night of Passover. This located Shavuot in the midst of spring, when the earth is beginning to yield to the season’s warm proddings. Shavuot is thus called Chag Habikurim, the “Feast...
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The spring, summer and fall harvests are connected to Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. These harvests were celebrated by a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem with people coming from all over Eretz Yisrael, as well as Babylon and Egypt to give thanks to God for the bounty they were to receive. Shavuot is known as Chag Habikkurim, the holiday of...
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