The Butter Ten Commandments

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Shavuot is on the horizon, which means everyone is preparing for a holiday whose main ritual is eating blintzes. Don’t get me wrong, I love blintzes, but I’ve been thinking about a good way to combine the custom of eating dairy on Shavuot with the theme of the Israelites receiving the Torah on Shavuot. What I’ve come up with is this: butter sculptures. Specifically, butter sculptures of the Ten Commandments, Moses on Mt. Sinai, and a Torah scroll.



This seems like a fun Shavuot activity. In fact, it seems so obvious I’m kind of shocked that there aren’t a whole lot of Biblical butter sculptures already. Think about it! Ruth collecting wheat, Jonah inside a whale, Esther in a harem, Jacob wrestling with an angel—these would all make great butter sculptures.

And then, use the butter to make babka and rugelach. It’s a triple mitzvah. And so delectable. Who’s with me?

Posted on June 1, 2011
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