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The biblical Ruth in Boaz's Field by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

‘Your people will be my people’: A Shavuot shout-out to Ruth’s ‘daughters’

“You shall love the convert for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Deuteronomy 10:19 There was a moment some 2,500 years ago when a recently widowed Moabite princess refused to abandon her aging mother-in-law...
The return to synagogue post-COVID has been accompanied by a range of emotions. Credit: Tali V./Shutterstock.

Returning to synagogue on Shavuot, Jews feel mix of apprehension and renewed hope

Standing on his deck in Lakewood, N.J., Motti, an Orthodox Jew who did not want to be identified by his last name, spoke of his apprehension about going back to synagogue. “I hear about...
Cheesecake topped with lemon curd. Credit: Pixabay.

It’s Shavuot, get a little cheesy

It’s that time of year again when cheesecakes galore are popping up all over the place. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan, but this recipe is one even I enjoy. The actual...
Music book. Credit: Pixabay.

Going a capella for the period of Jewish mourning

When comedian Mendy Pellin posted on Twitter that “Sefira music is the audio equivalents of Pesach cereal,” he was referring to the recent trend of Orthodox singers to produce albums and singles of a capella music...
Huntsman Hall at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Petition calls on U Penn to move graduation ceremony planned on Shavuot

More than 1,300 students and alumni of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have signed a petition urging the school to move the date of this year’s commencement ceremony, as it conflicts with the Jewish holiday...
200529-N-RJ834-0018 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 29, 2020) From left: Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Corey Bernstein, from Strousburg, Pennsylvania, Aviation Electronics Mate 2nd Class Michael Eskenazi, from San Diego and Lt. Kristina Goldstein, from Weatherford, Texas read from a Torah during a religious service in the chapel of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in the Atlantic Ocean May 29, 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tamara Vaughn)

San Diegan leads Shavuot service aboard USS Truman

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Press Release) —  Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) had the rare opportunity to celebrate the Shavuot holiday while at sea in the ship’s chapel, May 29. Shavuot translates into...


שבֿועות זענען די נשמות פֿון אַלע גרים אויך געשטאַנען בײַם באַרג סיני פֿון יואל מאַטוועיעוו ווען דער אייבערשטער האָט זיך אַנטפּלעקט פֿאַר ייִדן, זענען זיי אינעם גײַסטיקן זינען געבוירן געוואָרן פֿון ס׳נײַ. ווי מע פּראַוועט שבֿועות אין...

Shavuot and the rule of law

Beginning at sunset on May 28 and until sunset on May 30, Jews the world over will be celebrating the holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost), in commemoration of receiving the Torah (the Five Books of Moses), that...

Return to Eden

Dear Reader — if you are looking to be happy, creative, in harmony with God and with the universe, the Torah has the answer — Return to the Source. When we speak about Returning to...

A Shavuot revelation

Shavuot is a mysterious holiday. This commemoration of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai isn’t given a specific date for its celebration; instead we are told in Sefer Sh’mot (the Book of Exodus) to schedule it...