Shavuot Essentials


Shavuot, which begins at sunset on Thursday evening, May 28, and ends at nightfall on Saturday, May 30, 2020, is the celebration of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

What does cheesecake have to do with the holiday of Shavuot? On Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy because, according to one opinion, once the Israelites were informed that there were dietary laws that they needed to learn, they chose to eat only dairy in order to have time to learn the laws of kosher slaughter. Eating dairy foods such as cheesecake and blintzes is just one of the customs of Shavuot.


The following NJOP tools are an excellent way to explore the other aspects of the holiday of Shavuot.


1) Grab the guide. Our free eGuide Jewish Treats on The Ten Commandments is a beautiful fifteen page overview of the Ten Commandments that were given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai on Shavuot. Download it here.


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2) Learn from an expert. Let Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Founder and Director of NJOP, take you through the essential elements of Shavuot in four short webisodes about important aspects of the holiday. You can find them here.

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3) Read up on it. Shavuot may not be as well known as Passover or Sukkot, but it’s a holiday packed with meaning. Connect with the significance of the holiday by learning more about it through Jewish Treats Shavuot Archive. Click here.

4) Bake like a pro. One of the holiday’s most beloved customs is to eat dairy foods like cheesecake and blintzes. NJOP reached out to a couple popular food bloggers and asked them to help us rethink traditional cheesecake recipes. Here are their suggestions: Chocolate Cheesecake Rugelach and Honeyed Peach Cheesecake.