Cheese, Glorious Cheese
A taste of Shavuot
Shavuot is upon us, the holiday that marks when the Israelites were given the Torah on Mount Sinai. There are many ways to celebrate, including attending an all-night Torah study session or reading from the Book of Ruth. And then, of course, there’s the consumption of cheesecake.
Not only cheesecake, but a whole range of dairy-based dishes. As to why, the prevailing belief is that, having received the Torah, the Jews understood there were rules about separating dairy and meat, but didn’t yet have the wherewithal to observe those rules. To play it safe, they decided to stick with dairy.
But why does the consumption of dairy always seem to involve other ingredients—why not celebrate simply, with a plate of excellent cheeses? With that question, and many others, we visit Murray’s Cheese Shop, a venerated New York institution, to talk to wholesale manager Scott Brenner.
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.