Shavuot is the culmination of seven weeks of counting measurements of barley — an omer — beginning on the second night of Passover. The barley was brought as a sacrifice to the Temple in Jerusalem until Shavuot, when newly grown wheat replaced barley as the sacrifice.
According to tradition, Shavuot also marks the anniversary of revelation — when the Israelites were given the Torah at Mount Sinai.
One of my favorite quirky traditions of Shavuot is eating dairy food. Why dairy? The laws about which animals are kosher to eat are found in the Torah. But in the days leading up to Shavuot, we didn’t have the Torah yet, which meant we didn’t know what types of meat we could enjoy. So we stuck to dairy food until we got the rules.
In honor of the barley, wheat and dairy of Shavuot, here are three great cocktails to enjoy over the holiday. They’re especially a great way to enjoy a night filled with studying if that’s your thing.
Read more at the Atlanta Jewish Times.