What does cheese have to do with the day God gave the Ten Commandments?
The Spring biblical feast of Shavuot just happened this past Saturday-Monday.
Shavuot, one of the seven main biblical feasts, is the annual commemoration of the giving of the Torah to Moses at Mt Sinai. And that only scratches the surface of what Shavuot is...there is more, much more.
Shavuot, also called the “Feast of Weeks,” is celebrated seven weeks after Passover. It marks the anniversary of the Jewish people entering into a Covenant with God at Mt Sinai. Shavuot is also referred to as Pentecost and is also the time of the spring grain harvest when the grain is gathered. The book of Ruth is read and like all biblical holidays, there are symbolic foods featured...dairy is the one for Shavuot. But why dairy? This is where my focus got hung up...food, I'm fascinated with the role of food in the bible.
For lack of time and space, I can't go into explaining more about Shavuot, but I encourage you to click here to visit Hebrew4christians where John Parsons explains all of it in an easy to understand method. At the risk of minimizing this epic encounter with God, Shavuot was a watershed moment for the people of God.
Back to the food of Shavuot.
Last year I was in Israel during Shavuot when cheese and dairy is king. Cafe lined streets were serving the best cheeses, gourmet grocery stores featured dairy products and high end restaurants and hotels presented guests with the nations finest cheesecakes.
Over the last few years, I've learned that everything in Israel has meaning or purpose, even the foods eaten during special occasions. So I began to ask around and dig a bit deeper to find out more about this seemingly auspicious connection between dairy and Shavuot. As someone from the Nations, I turned to my Jewish friend, Dr Rivkah Lambert Adler. Click the picture to watch the interview.
Thank you for reading and joining me on this fascinating journey of A Taste of Israel.