Shavuot

Judges’ Panel Won't Rest On Shabbat

06/02/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

In selecting candidates to recommend to the state Democratic Committee, members of the Ninth Municipal Civil Court District Screening Panel wanted input from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

But not enough to change the panel’s meeting schedule, which included two Friday nights and the first night of Shavuot.

Manhattan Democratic Leader Keith L.T. Wright reportedly tried in vain to reschedule Friday night judicial panel meetings.

The Feast Of Weeks – A Week Late

06/01/2010

For most of the Jewish world, Shavuot, the Jewish feast of weeks, was observed about two weeks ago, on May 19 and 20.

For some residents of Israel, Shavuot came this week, on May 30.

The few thousand members of the Black Hebrews community in Dimona and surrounding Negev towns celebrated Shavuot on Sunday with singing and dancing.

Photo By Maya Barkai

Learning To Listen

05/25/2010

Gary Rosenblatt’s column on the variety of Shavuot observances was terrific (“Shavuot’s Big Tent,” Between The Lines, May 14).

Learning to listen to and appreciate the many ways in which Judaism is and can be relevant is a great art, and thank you to Rosenblatt for being one of its best practitioners.

Manhattan
 

Celebrating Shavuot

05/25/2010

So now we have the editor of a major Jewish newspaper actually making the case that a Dawn Festival in San Francisco is simply another way of celebrating the holiday of Shavuot (“Shavuot’s Big Tent,” Between The Lines, May 14).

Shavuot, like Passover, Yom Kippur, etc. is a Jewish religious holiday — it is not a comedy club for gays or a rock concert. And if next year some group of nominal Jews decides to slay and eat cats to celebrate Shavuot, will that be just another good option?

Highland Park, N.J.
 

Shavuot: Cracked Eggs, A Gradual Convert And A Supportive Jewish Mother-in-Law

Last night, in anticipation of Shavuot, which starts Tuesday night, my daughters and I made noodle kugel.

Yes, I know blintzes and cheesecake are more typical fare for this holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah, but noodle pudding shares their status as dairy-laden traditional Jewish food — and it’s considerably easier to prepare.

Wanted: Up-Close-And-Personal Dating

Backlash against online dating,
Facebook seen as spring event season heats up.

05/11/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

For Jewish singles in the dating trenches, it’s the best of times ...

Batsheva Halberstam, a 30-something psychologist from Manhattan, said she didn’t even have to renew her subscription to JDate, the popular online dating site. That’s because she recently married the first guy she dated from the site. Don’t knock online dating, she said. “I think I liked that he actually read my profile,” Halberstam said.

And it’s the worst of times ...

Nelly Rosenking’s parties at premier venues include “Queen Esther’s Ball” and “Matzah Mayhem.”

Shavuot’s Big Tent, From Ruth To Sandra Bernhard

05/11/2010
Editor and Publisher

While traditional Jews here and around the world will mark Shavuot (from the evening of May 18 to sundown May 20) by staying up the first night studying Torah, several thousand young men and women in San Francisco are expected to flock to Golden Gate Park where, for the admission price of $20, they can attend Dawn, an all-night culture and arts festival.

Gary Rosenblatt

Jewish Tradition,By The Slice

05/11/2010

In traditional Jewish circles, Shavuot is zman matan Torateinu, the time of the giving of our Torah.

In many Jewish circles, Shavuot is “the cheesecake holiday.”

The holiday, which starts Tuesday night, marks God’s giving the Torah to the freed nation of Hebrew slaves on Mount Sinai, 49 days after the Exodus from Egypt. Dairy products are often eaten on Shavuot to commemorate the inclusion in the Torah of instructions for slaughtering kosher animals and preparing kosher meat.

Photo by Michael Datikash

Torah Scroll? Yes, There's an App for That!

There will no doubt be many times when a new app is released for Apple's iPad and people exclaim something to the effect of "Well, it was only a matter of time until someone created that!"

This was certainly the case yesterday, when RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology, released its first iPad app. Approved by Apple, it is named the iPad Torah, and is essentially a scan of the Torah scroll on the iPad screen.

Moses, Here's the App You Downloaded

The Bonfire This Time

04/27/2010

 
In Israel, Lag b’Omer — the holiday that occurs this year on Saturday night and Sunday — has many traditions.
 
It’s a day off from school.
 
It’s a time when many 3-year-old boys get their first haircut and adult couples get married.
 
It’s a nationwide celebration of bonfires and picnics, especially a days-long Woodstock-type gathering for an estimated half-million people at Meron, a town in the northern Galilee.
 

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