The Jewish holiday of Shavuot is right around the corner. Shavuot is unique in so many ways. For example, it is customary to stay up and learn Torah all night. Yes – from dusk until dawn, followed by morning prayers. This tradition has been ongoing for hundreds of years. However, there is another difference that arguably stands out above all: Shavuot is known to be focused around dairy foods.

Traditionally speaking, Sabbath and Jewish holiday meals are centered around “meat and potatoes.” Passover, Succot, Rosh Hashana, Shabbat, etc. – you will most likely find meat products on the tables in Jewish homes during these periods. However, Shavuot is different. Most families serve dairy food. Pastas, salads, various cheeses and cheesecakes, and bourekas (Middle Eastern hand pies) – this is what you will find on the majority of Jewish tables during the holiday of Shavuot.

It is interesting to note that the products listed above are some of the cheapest food items you can find in the supermarket. A bag of pasta in an Israeli supermarket costs roughly 4 New Israeli Shekels (approximately $1USD). A salad for a family of five costs roughly another $3. Yellow cheese, cream cheese and cottage cheese are the more expensive items in the dairy section, but even these are cheap. In short, a family of five can make a nice Shavuot holiday meal for about $25.

The sad part? Many families that rely on Yad Ezra V’Shulamit cannot even afford $25 for a holiday meal. This is why even though we send out thousands of food baskets on a normal week, it doesn’t compare to the amount of food baskets we donate during the holidays.

The Shavuot holiday was when God gave the Torah to the Jews. Naturally, a big part of Shavuot focuses around giving/assistance and helping the needy. Please help donate today so we can, at the very least, help the underprivileged enjoy their Shavuot holiday.