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The perfect cheesecake is kosher for Passover

I seem to have landed on the perfect cheesecake recipe. Perfectly smooth, with nary even a hint of a crack on its glossy top. The catch? It’s a kosher-for-Passover...

Shavuot ice cream sandwiches

The origin of eating cheesecake is rooted in the custom of celebrating dairy, but somehow the cheesecake itself has become the tradition. Bucking the trend, in recent...

The Western Wall at sunrise

When I went to the Wall at sunrise

first time I fully experienced the glorious holiday of Shavuot was a balmy June night in Jerusalem. Determined to celebrate the ritual of tikkun leil Shavuot  (staying...

The bounty of the first harvest is something to be celebrated and shared on Shavuot. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reclaiming the ‘harvest’ aspect of Shavuot

As we approach Shavuot, there’s a battle going on in our garden over who — or what — will get our first fruits. In ancient days in Israel, beginning at Shavuot...

Shavuot Southern style

It’s funny where Google Suggest — combined with typos — can take you. One that always gets me is “cheesecake.” I mistype and suddenly I’m searching for...

Feast yourself this Shavuos on Ziegler’s Ruth

hold in my hands a remarkable work, Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, by Yael Ziegler of Israel (Maggid, 2015). The biblical book (or “scroll”) of Ruth is a mere...

Shavuot cheese and non-cheese cake favorites

We learned an important lesson last year during our Shavuot recipe testing: We’re purists. When it comes to cheesecake, we’re all about the cheese, not the...

Pumpkin cheesecake

Success! Finally, after years of baking cheesecakes, we finally came up trumps with a crack-free variety! Oh, the joy, when we opened the oven door, after impatiently...

Sicilian Cheesecake

Troubleshooting the perfect cheesecake

As regular readers of the IJN blog will know, Shavuot is one of our favorite times of year, and that’s mostly down to one thing: cheesecake! Over the years, we’ve...

Shavuot insights

The idea of Torah learning may not be the original concept behind the holiday of Shavuot, but over the centuries, it has become central to celebrating the holiday. On...