Shavuot is upon us, and this holiday always reminds me of two things: Dairy, and turning thirteen. One reason we eat dairy on Shavuot is in recognition of the Israelites receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. They instantly had to adopt the laws of kashrut, but without the necessary instruments to slaughter and prepare kosher meat, they opted for dairy – though they probably didn’t have the holy experience of tasting Mini Snickerdoodle Cheesecakes with Peach Bourbon Compote.
I became a Bat Mitzvah during Shavuot seventeen a few years ago, and my portion was actually the 10 Commandments, which even as a teenager I thought was pretty cool. My little brother Andrew, only ten at the time, helped me prepare by reminding me of the popular 1990’s aerobic videos “Buns of Steel” whenever I got to the “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s ass” part of the Torah portion. “No matter how shapely it is or how many Buns of Steel videos they do, don’t covet thy neighbor’s ass,” he would exclaim before bursting into a fit of giggles. Oy.
When the big day was finally here, I proudly put on my new baby blue suit and coordinating nail polish (ah the 90’s) and confidently approached the bema…
Check out the full recipe for Mini Snickerdoodle Cheesecakes with Peach Bourbon Compote and the rest of my Bat Mitzvah story on The Jewish Week!