Shavuot is coming, and we’re celebrating the most delicious way we know how: with a rad and interactive cooking demo with L.A. chef Marlene Bernstein. Nothing against blintzes and cheesecake—both classics of this ancient harvest festival—but we’re going to honor the tradition to eat dairy with a modern take on Shavuot cooking. Chef Marlene will guide us step by step to delicious feta spanakopita and fresh Greek salad to go with it. Grab the easy ingredients in advance and cook alongside her, and feel free to just watch!
Friday, May 22 at 1:00 pm PST
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What if I don’t have a lot of cooking experience?
No worries! This cooking lesson is open to all levels.
What is Shavuot?
This year, the holiday begins the evening of Thursday, May 28 and ends on Saturday night, May 30. Shavuot is considered one of the three most important holidays in the Jewish tradition. It is one of the Pilgrimage Festivals. In Hebrew, Shavuot means “weeks,” because it falls exactly seven weeks after Passover and is the culmination of the Omer counting period. In biblical references, the holiday celebrates the harvest season.
Shavuot is most famously associated with the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. According to Jewish Tradition, after the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites proceeded to Mount Sinai in the desert. Moses ascended the mountain to meet God, who gave him the Ten Commandments. Shavuot commemorates this occasion.
Why dairy foods?
It is not obligated by Jewish law, but it is a custom to eat dairy every year on the holiday of Shavuot. One explanation for the custom is that before the Israelites received the Torah, they were not obligated to follow its dietary laws. They opted to eat dairy foods while learning the laws surrounding ethical consumption of meat.
Another tradition says that many sages compare the Torah to milk. Just as milk has the ability to fully sustain humans and animals, the Torah is meant to provide “spiritual nourishment” for the human soul. We eat dairy to celebrate the Torah and this metaphor.
Is this a NuRoots program?
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