All it took for Ruth to become a Jew was to declarate her commitment to the Jewish people. Why then, do rabbis erect so many hurdles today?
ShavuotMay-June Illustration: Masha Manapov
Rabbis offer explanations for the obscure correlation between Pentecost and dairy, plus one rather prosaic idea involving dessert.
On Shavuot, cross-denominational all-night study sessions give the various streams of Judaism an opportunity to rally around our common heritage and love: learning.
Jewish tradition says that God dictated the Ten Commandments and also the Torah to Moses atop Mt. Sinai - but actually, the bible says no such thing.
Nowhere in the Torah is it written that the Law was handed down to Jews on Shavuot. That interpretation of the harvest festival came later.
Let these bright, strong white and rose wines enhance your cheese dishes to celebrate the Jewish midsummer harvest festival.
Norman Finkelstein looks to ancient sources for the poet’s work: 'You have heeded the word of the outside god / and you have heeded the word of no god at all'.
For thousands of years people believed that the five books of the Pentateuch were written by Moses. But it couldn't have been, academics say.
We know the exact timing of the giving of the Torah: 49 days after the Exodus from Egypt, and prior to 40 years of wandering. Why was God in such a hurry to deliver the Ten Commandments?
Ancient Hebrews habitually married strangers, the bible shows; but the embrace evolved into fervid bans - until the modern day.