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‘The Purim, Pesach, Shavuot Vortex’ presents opportunity for spiritual growth

‘The Purim, Pesach, Shavuot Vortex’ presents opportunity for spiritual growth

RABBI CARNIE SHALOM ROSE May 14, 2021

Once again, we find ourselves knee-deep in what we at our Shul affectionately refer to as “the Purim, Pesach, Shavuot Vortex.” This year, as we remain mired in the messiness of the pandemic, I have light-heartedly redubbed this intense time of the...

Recipes for Shavuot

Recipes for Shavuot

May 14, 2021

In 2021, Shavuot begins the evening of Sunday, May 16 and ends the evening of Tuesday, May 18. Below are some of the Jewish Light's top-read Shavuot food stories. To learn more about Shavuot, check out these primers on the holiday: Aish HaTorah Chabad MyJewishLearning

Congregation Bnai Amoona. Photo: Bill Motchan

Shavuot is the time to again tune in to the divine voice

RABBI JEFFREY ABRAHAM May 13, 2021

When we enter the world of the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar, In the Wilderness, I harken back to the discomfort of my own camping experiences. There was always grumbling from me or my brother. Yet the wilderness is the place of revelation. True, its...

Pan de Los Siete Cielos

A beautiful and symbolic bread for Shavuot

MARGI LENGA KAHN, Special to the Jewish Light May 11, 2021

Salonika, also known as Thessaloniki, is a large port city on the Aegean Sea, the second largest city in Greece after Athens. Prior to 1942, more than 56,000 Jews lived here and had unique culinary traditions, including a remarkable bread for Shavuot...

Chabad St. Charles County

This week’s Spotlight Photos

June 18, 2020

Rabbi Chaim Landa and Bassy Landa, directors of the Chabad Jewish Center of St. Charles County, prepare dozens of ‘Shavuot-to-Go’ kits on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 to be distributed to Jewish households throughout St. Charles County.  Photos: Bill...

Shavuot and the Rule of Law

Shavuot and the Rule of Law

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL June 4, 2020

Shavuot, which we commemorated last week, marks the pivotal moment in Jewish history when God gave the Ten Commandments not only to Moses but to the entire Israelite community that gathered at Mount Sinai. Among those commandments is “Thou shalt not...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose

Unique Shavuot is celebrated every day of our lives

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose May 28, 2020

In our tradition, the Holy-Day of Shavuot, the middle of our Shalosh Regalim, our three pilgrimage festivals of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, is unique in several ways. First, it is the only one not assigned a specific date by the Torah on the Jewish calendar...

For Shavuot, try this Instant Pot Cheesecake

For Shavuot, try this Instant Pot Cheesecake

Story and Photo by Sheri Silver, The Nosher via JTA May 21, 2020

A quick search for “Instant Pot recipes” will yield hundreds of ideas for savory dishes — chilis, pasta, soups, casseroles and more.But did you know that you can also use your Instant Pot to make dessert? And that your Instant Pot just happens...

PHOTO: RACHEL RINGLER

These sweet cheese buns are perfect for Shavuot

Rachel Ringler May 29, 2019

This story originally appeared on The Nosher.You’ve probably heard of cheesecake or blintzes as traditional foods to enjoy for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, but get ready to fall in love with a cheese-filled carb treat you have never heard of: Bessarabian...

Your guide to Shavuot, now with 50 percent less facts

Andrew Silow-Carroll May 18, 2018

(Susanne Nilsson/Flickr)(JTA) — In terms of popularity, Shavuot is the National Hockey League of Jewish holidays. Passover, the High Holy Days and Hanukkah are the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, while Shavuot has a much smaller, albeit intense,...

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose holds the Rabbi Bernard Lipnick Senior Rabbinic Chair at Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis.

Shavuot: Re-encountering the epiphany

By Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose May 10, 2018

One of the best known and most beloved sections of the Passover Haggadah includes the words: “In every generation a person must see her/himself as emerging from the servitude of Egypt.”  This well-worn quote serves as a rhetorical device reminding...

Shavuot is about breaking the tablets, and putting them back together

Adina Lewittes May 26, 2017

(Lior Zaltzman)(JTA) — The festival of Shavuot, which begins at sundown May 30, focuses on Moses receiving the tablets of the law. But an even more fascinating part of the story is when he shatters them. In an astounding midrash, or rabbinic commentary,...

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