9 Must Try Shavuot Recipes

by | May 29, 2017 | Entertainment, Food, Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

Shavuot starts tomorrow night and you may know that it’s customary to eat dairy food during this holiday. There is, of course, a debate in Jewish texts as to where this custom originates. Some Jewish scholars argue that it is based on the Torah, which says that dairy symbolizes the “land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). Another theory refers to the many dairy products that were produced during the harvest season (the season of Shavuot). If you want to learn more about the various perspectives explaining this custom, click here.

We think that this tradition is the perfect excuse to get our hands dirty in the kitchen and experiment with all sorts of yummy, dairy foods. Whether you are into savoury, or if you have a sweet tooth, this list of delicious, dairy Shavuot recipes has something for everyone.
1. Cheesecake

Cheesecake is the typical go to food on Shavuot, which is why it is the number one recipe on this list. This creamy goodness will leave you, your family and your friends wanting more. Once you try this easy, delicious cheesecake recipe on Shavout you will have a new favourite go-to dessert.

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www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/philadelphia-3-step-cheesecake-51208.aspx

 

2. Cheese Bourekas
We already mentioned these flaky pastry pockets in a previous blog post, so clearly we can’t get enough of them. If you are looking for a good excuse to enjoy fresh cheese Bourekas , Shavuot is your opportunity!

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© www.toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2012/02/cheese-bourekas/

 

3. Blintzes
Another Shavuot classic. Blintzes are available in all different flavours, sweet and savoury. On Shavout, we recommend you go for the cheesy ones. You can either buy them pre-made at your grocery store, or you can get in the kitchen and make your own, fresh batch of cheese filled blintzes. If you want to spice up your Shavuot meal a little bit, this recipe suggests drizzling some hot blueberry sauce over your blitzes.

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www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cheese-blintzes-with-blueberry-sauce-232828

 

4. Quiche
This is our best savoury Shavuot recipe. Whether you’re only cooking for yourself, or you’re preparing a meal for the whole family, a good quiche is going to make everyone happy. Who doesn’t like crusty dough, filled with hot, egg and cheese filling? This recipe calls for spinach to give your quiche some extra flavouring, but you could add whatever you are craving most- mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, etc.

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www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-cheese-quiche

 

5. Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Picking up FroYo is easy, but with Shavuot around the corner and the temperatures finally going up, we challenge you to make your own FroYo at home!

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www.skinnyms.com/creamy-vanilla-frozen-yogurt/#_a5y_p=1499471

 

6. Wacky Mac
Enough said. Looking for Wacky Mac inspiration? Click here!

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7. Caesar Salad
Can’t neglect your greens! That is why we decided to add a healthy option to this list. Crunchy lettuce, creamy dressing, sharp Parmesan cheese and toasted croutons can be the perfect side dish to your quiche. Or you could also enjoy your Caesar Salad as a light, healthy lunch.

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© www.thechunkychef.com/homemade-caesar-salad-dressing/

 

8. Fettuccini Alfredo
If we put Wacky Mac on this list, it would be wrong to leave out the original: Fettuccini Alfredo. If you are craving something hearty on Shavuot, you gotta go with a hot, cheesy plate of freshly cooked pasta.

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9. Homemade Ice Cream
Finally, the perfect dessert to round out a satisfying Shavuot meal – ice cream. Everyone loves it, so you can’t go wrong. Now all you need to do is choose the right flavour and get started.

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© www.kevinandamanda.com/easy-homemade-ice-cream-without-a-machine/

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

In their research on listening to survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, Bronwen E. Low and Emmanuelle Sonntag note listeners’ problematic tendencies towards one of two responses.  On the one hand, they can regard the narratives as so unfamiliar and foreign that they must be pushed away as overwhelming, untouchable, and inaccessible.  On the other, the stories can be seen as familiar, to the point that the listener cannot separate their own experiences and emotional response from what they take in.

But another, preferable response exists: Roger I. Simon and Claudia Eppert talk about a “chain of testimony” and suggest that listening imposes a duty on the listener.  Listening to personal testimony at the crossroads of memory and history “imposes particular obligations on those called to receive it – obligations imbued with the exigencies of justice, compassion, and hope that define the horizon for a world yet to be realized.”  In this way, bearing witness and listening to testimony demands a number of actions and responses, including that we “transport and translate stories of past injustices beyond their moment of telling by taking these stories to another time and space where they become available to be heard or seen.”

If we take Simon and Eppert’s charge seriously, as I believe we should, those of us who have been privileged to hear the direct testimony of survivors of the Holocaust.  Their words come not just with the specific knowledge they impart or the emotional impact they have on us – sorrow, anger, fear, horror – but with a duty, an obligation of some kind.  

On many of our campuses, this week is Holocaust Education Week, and this Friday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Given the significant number of Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Canada, the scheduled events and programs have a personal resonance for many of our students and their families, but their impact can be deep and meaningful for all of us, regardless of who we are and where we come from.  I encourage each of you to make time to participate in this week’s activities and to consider your place in the chain of testimony: what obligation does listening to narratives from the Holocaust place on you, and how do you carry those stories forward in time?

 

Weekly D’var: Shemot

Weekly D’var: Shemot

In this week’s parashah we learn the story of Moses, from his birth, through his flight from and eventual return to Egypt, to the acceptance of his role as leader of the Hebrew people.

After fleeing Egypt, for killing an Egyptian slave master, Moses was living rather peacefully as a shepherd in the land of Midian. The Torah describes for us Moses’s first interaction with G-d upon coming across a bush, “burning with a heart of fire [Exodus 3:3]”. G-d calls out to Moses and requests he take the Jewish people out of Egypt and eventually into the land of Israel. However, Moses argues with G-d, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Who am I that I should take the Jews out of Egypt? [Exodus 3:11]” After initially refusing four times, Moses eventually agrees to G-ds request, and as we know, the rest is history. But why was Moses so unwilling to take up the position of leader, to the extent that he would argue with G-d? And why was G-d so set on having Moses lead the Jewish people? 

Perhaps the answer can be found through the incident that led to his flight from Egypt, years earlier, when Moses, as mentioned above, killed an Egyptian slave master for beating a Hebrew slave. Immediately, he was met with opposition from some of the Hebrew slaves, “who made you chief and ruler over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? [Exodus 2:14]” Moses felt discouraged and unsure of his ability to lead. However, it seems that G-d saw in Moses, a faithful shepherd, the ability to lead his people from slavery to freedom. Very often in Tanakh, the people that are most worthy to lead are the ones who deny that they are worthy at all. Moses may not appear to be the first choice for a leadership figure, suffering from a speech impediment and lacking charisma; however, Moses possessed certain qualities that made him the ideal leader to bring the Jewish people out of Egypt. We too possess qualities that can lead us to achieve incredible success and realize our full potential. We may often feel unmotivated or unsure of our own capabilities. Instead of feeling discouraged, I believe we can look to Moses who, despite all his doubts, stepped up to the challenge and became the greatest leader in Jewish history. 

Sam Virine
VP of Jewish Life at Hillel Waterloo & Laurier

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