The Ultimate Shavuot Guide: Essays, Recipes, Rituals and More!


Imagine a mountainous buffet of ice cream, cookies, blintzes, cheesecake and pie. Imagine dozens of people sitting around, slamming coffee, cola and energy drinks, feverously debating Jewish law, telling fantastical stories from the Torah and Talmud, breaking into discussions about contemporary issues like Israel and the state of Jews around the world. Imagine yourself there. […]

Shavuot Kids Books: A Mountain of Blintzes and Sadie and the Big Mountain


The stories reviewed are only a handful of those written for children about the holiday Shavuot. On this holiday we celebrate because Moses went up the mountain and receives the Laws (Torah) from G-d. A Mountain of Blintzes by Barbara Goldin and illustrated by Anik McGrory is slightly based on the tales of Chelm, but […]

Converts, Cheesecake, and Other Reasons To Like Shavuot


My Letterman-style Top Ten Reason To Love Shavuot: 10. Cheesecake Brownies. It’s like shooting heroine and cocaine at the same time..only a lot healthier and legal. Dairy and Shavuot go hand-in-hand, and since I seldom eat meat this holiday glorifies everything I love that makes me fat. 9. You get to remember who Ruth is. […]

PunkTorah Secret Book Club Shavuot Fundraiser!

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Our library at PunkTorah has gotten so large (thanks to generous contributions from our friend Mitch) that we no longer have room for our books! Our pain means your gain, which is why we are revamping┬áthe PunkTorah Secret Book Club in honor of Shavuot. When you donate $20.00, you will receive a secret Jewish book […]

Parashat Bamidbar: Claiming a Place

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In the darkness the building was easy to miss. Low and set back from the road, its only distinguishing feature was the number on the door. Inside, men of all ages congregated beneath fluorescent lights, the air heavy with the scent of instant coffee. Fat tomes lay split to reveal compact lines of Hebrew and […]