Fred Schuster

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
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