Why Do We Eat Dairy On Shavuos?

When the Israelites received the Torah on Mt. Sinai 3,330 years ago, little did they know their ancestors would be celebrating Shavuot with a piece of cheesecake.
The custom of eating dairy during this holiday can be attributed to the newly received laws, which included how to slaughter animals and prepare the meat. But, because the revelation occurred on Shabbat, the Israelites did not have enough time to properly “kosher” their cooking pots or slaughter the animals, so the alternative was to eat dairy, which does not need advanced preparation.
On the other hand, some people say that the custom of eating dairy during Shavuot derives directly from scripture. The dairy symbolizes the “land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8) promised to the Israelites, or that “milk and honey are under your tongue” (Song of Songs 4:11).
This Shavuot enhance your experience by selecting from over 30 different artisanal Kosher cheeses from The Cheese Guy.
If you are looking for some great cheese ideas this year, then you have to try The Cheese Guy’s freshspicy braided mozzarella log, which is marinated in spicy red peppers and extra virgin olive oil. Serve it over toasted bread, use it as a pizza topping or simply as part of a cheese platter.

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