Celebrating Shavuot 2018

Celebrating Shavuot 2018

This year, Shavuot begins the Saturday evening May 19.  ReformJudaism.org provides a great basic summary of the holiday.

It is a tradition in some communities for people to stay up all night studying.  Here is an explanation of the custom from My Jewish Learning.

If staying up all night is not your thing, how about reading the Book of Ruth on Shavuot? Here is a video from Aleph Beta explaining why we read this text on this holiday.

Shavuot is unique among the Jewish holidays in that instead of eating chicken or brisket, it is traditional to have dairy foods for Shavuot.  There are actually many different reasons given for this custom. Here are a few from Chabad.

Two of the most popular dairy foods are blintzes and cheese cake.  Here is a recipe for blintzes from Tori Avery and one for ‘Oreo Experience Cheesecake’ from Joy of Kosher.

Chag Shavuot Sameach – however you celebrate!

 

 

Michele Rosenfield

About Michele Rosenfield

Michele is a Jewish educator who has developed and taught various online courses. Prior to her midlife career change, Michele was a Systems Consultant for Ernst and Young and an Account Manager for Automatic Data Processing. Michele has a BA in Computer Science from Brandeis University, an MBA in Accounting from Fordham, and an MA in Jewish Education from The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Michele and her family reside in Metuchen, NJ.