December 22, 2014 / 30th of Kislev, 5775
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Shavuot 2015 begins at sundown on May 23. Some Jews, particularly Conservative and Orthodox Jews, celebrate Shavuot for two days; others, particularly Israeli and Reform Jews, celebrate the holiday for one day.

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    Earlier this year, one of the hotly debated topics in the food world had to do with a certain one-ingredient dish. Some people enthusiastically believed it was high time this item got the recognition it deserved, while others expressed outrage over its exorbitant price tag on menus in... Read More
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    To say that I’m a picky eater would be a gross understatement. I didn’t eat bananas until I was 25, I didn’t eat avocados until a few years later, and I generally steer well clear of condiments and sauces. It was so real that as I kid I would set up “barrier... Read More
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    My summer has gotten away from me, as it often does. I’ve gone on vacations, attended weddings and spent more than a fair amount of time in the sun, but I realize now, as the end of summer approaches, that I have completely ignored one of my favorite parts of this season: homemade ice... Read More
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    In an ideal world, I’d have time to plan, prepare and leisurely consume a complete, well-rounded meal. But like most other people, I just can’t find the time. (And I’ve only got one mouth to feed. Parents, I respect you.) I often rely on smoothies for a tasty meal on the... Read More
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    Recently a friend of mine was bemoaning what I believe is a common predicament among parents—she basically said that having her kids help prepare a meal is great, in theory. She has two young children who like to help her cook. She loves that they’re interested, but since she’s... Read More
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    Recently, one of my coworkers was bemoaning what I believe is a common predicament among parents. Basically, she said that having her kids help prepare a meal is great—in theory. She has two young children who like to help her cook. She loves that they’re interested, but since... Read More
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    After the 80-degree days we had earlier this week, digging into some soup may not seem so appealing. But not all soups are meant to keep you warm on a chilly night. Some—such as this chilled cucumber soup—can keep you cool on a hot day. My roommates and I have finally gotten around to... Read More
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    Let’s settle something right off the bat: there is no ancient tradition of eating dairy foods on Shavuot. In fact, it’s not even ambiguous. The Torah talks all about first fruits and the early summer harvest of wheat, and not at all about dairy. The specious connection between milk... Read More
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    I hear there’s a custom to stay up all night during Shavuot. What’s the origin and meaning of this practice? By Rabbi Adam Lavitt Jewish tradition says a lot about studying at night. Maimonides says: “Even though it is a mitzvah to learn both during the day and at night,... Read More
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    You don’t need a passport to travel around the world; you just need a kitchen. Through cooking and eating you can experience the diverse menu of the Jewish diaspora one bite at a time. I’m always interested in finding parallel dishes in cuisines of different cultures, and one of... Read More
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