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The Jewish festival of Shavuot – literally meaning “weeks – originally began as a pilgrimage festival seven weeks after Passover that marked the beginning of the summer wheat harvest.
Rabbinic tradition teaches that when God spoke at Sinai, the world was silenced - birds did not sing, breezes did not rustle leaves in the trees. Out of that profound silence came the word, and were the world silent again, for even an instant, we could hear the everlasting echo of God's voice.
One of the great examples of Reform Jewish thinking, some 2,000 years before there was anything called Reform Judaism, regards the Festival of Shavuot.
Do you love to make special foods for the Jewish holidays? Shavuot (which starts at sundown on June 3rd this year) can really inspire creativity in the kitchen. Or, if you prefer, it can be extremely simple.
Shavuot is typically known as a dairy-heavy holiday, even though the tradition's origins are largely unknown. If you're looking for dairy recipes for the holiday, check out "13 Recipes for a Delightfully Dairy-Full Shavuot."
Shavuot offers a glimpse at how others in our tradition faced unimaginable and unremitting losses – and were sometimes helped to prevail. There are powerful lessons for us within the story of Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth.
Whether you’re celebrating Shavuot with dairy-based foods, making a meal for National Cheese Lovers Day on January 20, or just want to whip up a Jewish dish that features your favorite food, these recipes have got you covered.
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