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What is Shavuot?

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
ToriAvey.com

 

Want more information on Shavuot? Check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide. 

 

 

 

Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


What is Shavuot?

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) commemorates the revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai to the Jewish people, and occurs on the 50th day after the 49 days of counting the Omer. Shavuot is one of the three biblically based pilgrimage holidays known as the shalosh regalim. It is associated with the grain harvest in the Torah.

How is Shavuot celebrated?


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Shavuot

green-living - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
From Hazon


Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


Want more information on Shavuot? Check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide. 


Commemorating both when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, Shavuot is a time we are encouraged to give and reflect on the gift of Torah and the gifts that the earth provides.  Shavuot is also an exciting holiday for vegetarians, since it is a tradition to eat at least one dairy meal on Shavuot. This makes Shavuot an excellent opportunity to educate about the benefits of limiting meat consumption, and consuming sustainable and ethical fruit and dairy.

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Meet the Persian Jewish Faces Behind RaJu, the Modesty Fashionable Clothing Line

featured-articles - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
BY LIOR ZALTZMAN for Kveller


What do you do when you can never find the right clothes to wear to a wedding? Start your own modest fashion line, of course! And not just Jewish ladies are buying – Muslims, Mormons, professionals and all fashion-conscious women.


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Bamidbar

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am

Numbers 1:1−4:20 


BY MATTHEW BERKOWITZ, JTSA.edu


A Slow Walk to Freedom


With this coming Shabbat, we begin the fourth book of Torah known as the book of Numbers or Bemidbar. Having occupied ourselves with the details of the priests, purity, and ritual, we now turn our attention to the Israelite wanderings in the desert. Notably, Parashat Bemidbar is obsessed with order: a census, Levitical duties, and the spatial arrangement of the Israelite encampment. We read the extensive list of names, exact numbers of those belonging to each tribe, and the precise location of each tribe in relation to the Tabernacle. How are we to understand and grasp this obsession with order in the desert?

Rabbi Shmuel Avidor HaCohen explains:

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UT organizations alleviate the pressures of refugee camps through hygiene kits

young-adults - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
BY EILISH O'SULLIVAN for the Daily Texan Online


Refugees often spend years in refugee camps, where conditions can be harsh as supplies are often scarce. Two UT student organizations are doing something to help alleviate these conditions.

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Shavuot Foods from The Joy of Kosher

jewish-food - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
The Joy of Kosher

 

Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


Looking for the perfect meals for Shavuot? Let Jamie Geller guide you through menus from appetizers to desserts. You can find:

 
Jamie's Easiest Ever Shavuot Menu
Delight in Delicious Dairy Challah for Shavuot
Savory Yogurt Bowls That Satisfy
Easy Creamy Desserts
How to Host a Crepe Party
4 Israeli Cheesecake Recipes for Shavuot

And much, much more.

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And if that isn't enough, check out Jvillage Network's Shavuot Guide. 

Family Activities for Shavuot

children-and-families - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am

 

Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19

 

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your children this holiday? Then look no further than Jvillage Network's Shavuot Holiday Guide.

 

You'll have hours of fun! It is filled with fun activities that even your toddler can make, from painting Q-Tip Flowers to the 10 Commandments Matching Game; from making Flower Collages to a Shavuot Scavenger Hunt. You'll also find enjoyable videos to watch together and many delicious recipes to make together.

 

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A Space for LGBTQ Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews

LGBTQ - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Simone Somekh for Jewcy


“We’re a minority within the minority within the minority.”


On a Friday evening of February last year, Ruben Shimonov was waiting in his friend’s apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Everything was ready for the traditional Shabbat dinner to begin: The table was set, the food ready to be served. Now, it was time for the guests to come in.

What he had prepared was not an ordinary Shabbat dinner. Through a secret Facebook group, he and his friend Ramiz Rafailov had organized their first-ever Shabbat gathering for queer Jewish 20s and 30s with Sephardic and Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) backgrounds in New York.

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Announcing the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize Finalists!

jewish-books - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
From Jewish Book Council

 

 

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a program of the Jewish Book Council, has announced the five Fellows who are eligible for the 2018 Prize of $100,000, the largest award of its kind. In addition, the second prize of $18,000 and three remaining presentations of $5,000 each will be announced in July 2018.

Please click here to download the press release with full list of finalists.

First Paralyzed Man Finishes London Marathon With Help of Israeli-Developed ReWalk Suit

israeil-news - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By NoCamels Team


British resident Simon Kindleysides became the first paralyzed man to finish the London Marathon on Monday, national British daily The Telegraph reports.  He was able to walk the whole way thanks to a revolutionary Israeli innovation, the wearable ReWalk exoskeleton suit.

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Jewish and Muslim women pledge to work together to combat hate

interfaith - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
From theJC


More than 200 women took part in the Change Makers event 


The largest conference gathering of Muslims and Jews in Europe has seen women from both faiths vow to work together to combat hate.

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LETTER FROM AMERICA: BREAKTHROUGH IN CANADA

news-in-the-jewish-world - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
BY MICHAEL M. COHEN  for JPost


The impression is of a one way street where Israelis and Palestinians only receive and have nothing to offer.


Do you think the situation in Gaza is bad? Yet a group from Afghanistan and Pakistan met to learn about cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. What ensued will surprise you.

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Jewcy Interviews: Most Likely to Murder

jewish-arts-and-media - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Abe Fried-Tanzer for Jewcy


A conversation with the Jewish directors of the upcoming heavily Jewish murder-mystery comedy.


Though it’s nowhere near Thanksgiving, now is as good a time as any for the release of an entertaining comedy about coming home for the holidays that may be especially enjoyable for Jewish audiences.

In Most Likely to Murder, which debuted at South by Southwest last month, Billy (Adam Pally) returns home to Long Island when his parents tell him they’re moving. He tries to rekindle a romance with his high school girlfriend, Kara (Rachel Bloom), only to learn that she is dating Lowell (Vincent Kartheiser), the neighbor he used to torment. 

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What It Means To Be A Jewish Priestess

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
Staff of myjewishlearning.com 


Jewish educator, songwriter and sacred drummer Shoshana Jedwab trains female spiritual leaders by harnessing the power of rhythm


Shoshana Jedwab is a Jewish educator, songwriter and sacred drummer. Raised in Brooklyn in a traditional Jewish family of rabbis and community leaders, Jedwab began to forge her own spiritual path in her 30s, embracing the rhythmic instinct she had felt since childhood and which she describes as “an act of nature that moves through me.”

Read more and watch the video on Shoshana and the Kohenet movement. 

Byzantine pigeon poop greened the Negev

green-living - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Researchers determine that pigeons raised in the south of Israel were prized for their droppings, not their meat.


Byzantine farmers in the Negev desert raised pigeons 1,500 years ago not for their meat but for their excrement.

 

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Jews: The forgotten story in the Arab world!

featured-articles - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Hussein Shobokshi for the Saudi Gazette



THERE is a sensitive issue that does not get enough attention, and I know well in advance that this subject will evoke extreme emotional reactions. The subject, I dwell on here, is the rights of the Jews of the Middle East in their former countries. Irrespective of the immediate cynical responses, or not, the citizens should have their rights in their country first before we care for the others.


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Behar-Bechukotai

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 25:1-27:34 


Academy for Jewish Religion


“G’d’s Nearness is a Promise”
By Rabbi Elisheva Beyer, RN, MS, JD, ’06

Bechukotai tells us of G-d’s promises for following His commandments and consequences for failing to do so.  The parsha opens with, “Bechukotai tale’chu,” which translates as, “If you go in My chukim….” “Chukim” (plural) or “chok” (singular) has several meanings. 

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Prestigious Liberal Arts College Refuses to Condemn Professor’s Anti-Semitic Tweets

young-adults - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Liel Leibovitz for Tablet Magazine


‘It is not the college’s practice to follow the personal social media accounts of its faculty or staff members’


Jews behave like Nazis, Zionism is genocide, and the Bible commands the Chosen People to wipe out every living thing.

When the Hillel at Knox College, a prestigious and private liberal arts school in Illinois, discovered the above opinions promoted vigorously on Twitter by Kwame Zulu Shabazz, a visiting professor, they asked the administration to investigate. What followed was a lesson in just how unwelcoming American academia is to its Jewish students and faculty members these days.

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7 Jewish Foods That Are Surprisingly Healthy

jewish-food - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
by Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com 


Jewish food (particularly Ashkenazi) really gets a bad rap as being overwhelmingly fat laden, obesity-inducing dishes lacking fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Here are a few surprisingly healthy, traditional foods to enjoy with none of the (Jewish) guilt.

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EMOR

weekly-torah-portion - Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am

Leviticus 21:1−24:23 

 

BY LAUREN EICHLER BERKUN for JTS


SACRED HISTORY


As we stand in the midst of Sefirat Ha-Omer, the period of counting 49 days from Pesach to Shavuot, we read the very parashah which contains the instructions for this count. Parashat Emor teaches:

"From the day on which you bring the sheaf of elevation offering–the day after the sabbath–you shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete: you must count until the day after the seventh week–fifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to the Lord" (Lev. 23:15).

This selection from parashat Emor is traditionally recited each night of the Omer before the ritual counting. However, while the biblical text is explicit about our need to count, the reason for counting is a mystery. The rabbis of the Talmud understood this period as a countdown to Matan Torah, God's gift of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

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