For one holiday out of the year, we take a break from feasting on meat and move over to the other side of the cow.
The most popular Shavuot dessert is, of course, the cheesecake.
You can buy one ready made–most supermarkets have several tasty options–but where’s the fun in that?
Instead, dive right in and embrace the creamy rich goodness.
Here are some tools to help you on your way:
Kraft Foods provides a terrific how-to video.
MJL offers a classic cheesecake recipe from Joan Nathan.
Check out these sites for creative and delicious variations on the original:
And finally, we answer the question on everybody’s minds: Why dairy?
The latest installment of Adeena Sussmanâ€™s MJL food column â€œThe Inspired Kitchenâ€? is now available. The newest recipe: Sour Cherry Soup. Try this sweet and refreshing Hungarian dairy favorite this Shavuot!
Today is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), which celebrates the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem. Click here to listen to the actual radio broadcast of the liberation of the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Thanks to Isracast for making this available.
Below is a transcript of this historic victory:
Colonel Motta Gur [on loudspeaker]: All company commanders, we’re sitting right now on the ridge and we’re seeing the Old City. Shortly we’re going to go in to the Old City of Jerusalem, that all generations have dreamed about. We will be the first to enter the Old City. Eitan’s tanks will advance on the left and will enter the Lion’s Gate. The final rendezvous will be on the open square above.
[The open square of the Temple Mount.]
[ Sound of applause by the soldiers.]
Yossi Ronen: We are now walking on one of the main streets of Jerusalem towards the Old City. The head of the force is about to enter the Old City.
Yossi Ronen: There is still shooting from all directions; we’re advancing towards the entrance of the Old City.
[Sound of gunfire and soldiers' footsteps.]
[Yelling of commands to soldiers.]
[More soldiers' footsteps.]
The soldiers are keeping a distance of approximately 5 meters between them. It’s still dangerous to walk around here; there is still sniper shooting here and there.
We’re all told to stop; we’re advancing towards the mountainside; on our left is the Mount of Olives; we’re now in the Old City opposite the Russian church. I’m right now lowering my head; we’re running next to the mountainside. We can see the stone walls. They’re still shooting at us. The Israeli tanks are at the entrance to the Old City, and ahead we go, through the Lion’s Gate. I’m with the first unit to break through into the Old City. There is a Jordanian bus next to me, totally burnt; it is very hot here. We’re about to enter the Old City itself. We’re standing below the Lion’s Gate, the Gate is about to come crashing down, probably because of the previous shelling. Soldiers are taking cover next to the palm trees; I’m also staying close to one of the trees. We’re getting further and further into the City.
Colonel Motta Gur announces on the army wireless: The Temple Mount is in our hands! I repeat, the Temple Mount is in our hands!
Jewish Funds for Justice asks: If you could talk to the presidential candidates, what would you tell them?
Jewish Funds for Justice, the only national Jewish organization solely committed to fighting the injustice of poverty in America, is giving you an opportunity to express your own domestic Jewish agenda to the candidates.
You preference five issues out of the ten they have chosen: child care, civil rights, education, environment, health care, housing, immigration, Katrina/Rita, seniors, and wages.
After the votes come in, JFSJ will calculate the top five issues and send a letter to every presidential campaign asking the candidates how they will address these issues. Candidate responses will be posted on the JFSJ websites.
What does JFSJ hope to achieve with this innovative project? The Jewish Week reports:
â€œWe wanted to give the average Jew a role in shaping the domestic Jewish agenda for the 2008 elections,â€? said Mik Moore, the public policy director of the group…â€œWhile there are a lot of Jewish organizations that get to sit down with the presidential candidates and tell them what they want, or what they think the Jewish community wants, for a lot of Jews those meetings arenâ€™t representative of their interests.â€?
Domestic issues, he said, have gotten â€œshort shriftâ€? as more and more candidates focus on the big-ticket issue of Israel and as more Jewish organizations shift to an agenda heavily skewed toward international concerns.
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According to the New York Times, America’s campuses are experiencing a religious revival.
Across the country, on secular campuses as varied as Colgate University, the University of Wisconsin and the University of California, Berkeley, chaplains, professors and administrators say students are drawn to religion and spirituality with more fervor than at any time they can remember.
What’s bringing all these kids to religion? The Republican party! But not in the way that you think.
The Rev. Lloyd Steffen, the chaplain at Lehigh University, is among those who think the war in Iraq has contributed to the interest in religion among students. â€œI suspect a lot of that has to do with uncertainty over the war,â€? Mr. Steffen said.
â€œMy theory is that the baby boomers decided they werenâ€™t going to impose their religious life on their children the way their parents imposed it on them,â€? Mr. Steffen continued. â€œThe idea was to let them come to it themselves. And then they get to campus and things happen; someone dies, a suicide occurs. Real issues arise for them, and they sometimes feel that they donâ€™t have resources to deal with them. And sometimes they turn to religion and courses in religion.â€?
Sounds promising…but will Hillel catch the wave?
The latest installment of Adeena Sussmanâ€™s MJL food column â€œThe Inspired Kitchenâ€? is now available. The newest recipe: Kasha Varnishkes, buckwheat with bowtie noodles. Tasty comfort food–try it this Shabbat!
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