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Posts Tagged ‘Shavuot’

Looking Forward To Shavuot

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Posted by Rachael:


Shavuot is just a few hours away and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not exactly looking forward to the spirituality of it or the meaningfulness of the Jewish people accepting the Torah (though we know how beautiful and meaningful that part is) but at this moment in time, I’m really looking forward to spending good time with family and friends. It’s been a tough few weeks in my house. The kids at school have just gone through the ‘crunch’ time with their classes - 1500 things assigned and all due today by 2 pm. It’s been weeks of anxiety, sweat, all nighters and meltdowns. On more than one occasion I laid down on the couch with one or another of my children lying in my arms crying…as I said, I’m really looking forward to Shavuot.


Aside from the rest and recovery, there’s a game I’m planning to play with the family that should allow for some good Jewish speculation as well as some wholesome venting. It’s called: ‘Why do you think God -’ and you play it by having to finish that sentence. There are no limits applied to the context or idea used to finish the sentence and everyone around is welcome to offer an explanation to your question.


But even playing this game, a small part of me wonders if in the wee wee hours of the night on Shavuot, I won’t wondering if God is sitting in the Divine Realms with the angels all around playing the game: ‘Why do you think people -’


Have a great Shavuot!

The Shavuot Harvest - Olameinu: Our World, Our Environment

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The holiday of Shavuot has a special connection with Jewish environmentalism.  Shavuot in the Torah is described as a Jewish harvest of celebration and unity.  The unity first begins in the fields when landowners begin their grain harvest and abide the laws of the Torah by not harvesting the corners of the field.  These corners were reserved for those less fortunate to harvest grain as well.


Since a productive harvest is part of the vision of covenant, it is important that all the people are included and given a chance to participate.  In fact, we can imagine the process of the whole country involved together, harvesting together and celebrating together.


In today’s world, we no longer celebrate our covenant through harvest and pilgrimage festivals.  But the celebration of the Torah and our receiving of it is timeless.  Within the Torah are all the laws of Jewish environmentalism and respect for the world and all creatures in it.  The Torah is our focus document for living our lives and demands respect for the environment even if it is not the popular stand of a secular society.


Celebrating Shavuot today includes remembering that the source of our environmentalism is the Torah and it dates back to the very formation of the Jewish people.

What to do on Shavuot When You’re Lactose Intolerant

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

It’s always a challenge to look past the dairy piece of Shavuot especially if you have an intolerance to the food group. But Rachael explains what you can do to celebrate the holiday without eating dairy food.


Three Cheers for the Dairy on Shavuot!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Can’t wait for Shavuot…it’s the only time I don’t feel guilty!

There is nothing out there that can replace my love for everything dairy. If I could, my diet would only consist of yogurts, sour creams, cottage cheeses, never mind ANY cheeses and of course my favorite, a glass of cold 3.25% milk!!! How can I forget to mention about the infamous slice or two of cheesecake and cheese filled blinzes drizzled with honey…

Unfortunately, I am sure you will all agree that a dairy only diet will eventually result in having some ‘unwanted guests’ staying on your waist and hips…

That is why I don’t feel guilty indulging (obviously in moderation) in everything dairy during the holiday of Shavuot. This is the only time I can allow myself to enjoy without the concern of ‘unwanted guests’ overstaying their welcome!

Chag Sameach Everyone!!!