Friday, May 18, 2018

The seven-layer cake Minhag


The ערוך השלחן ס' תצ"ד writes:

 " The Torah calls the Yom Tov "שבועות" because of the שבעה שבועות we counted to reach this Yom Tov.  "

The Minhag in many German Kehilos was to bake for שבועות a seven-layer cake for the seven weeks we counted.

The Sefer יוסף אומץ ס' תתנ"ד writes the Minhag was to make a cake/kugel in the shape of a seven-rung ladder. The reason
for it is because, during  Matan Torah, Hashem tore open all 7 heavens to show that אין עוד מלבדו. 

1 comment:

  1. tractate Shabbat, page 89A:

    Rabbi Chisda and Rabah son of Rabbi Huna both taught:

    Why was Mount Sinai called by that name?

    From that mountain, the hate of
    the Gentiles [for the Jews] came down.

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    QUESTION:

    The Talmud teaches that the events of Mount Sinai
    caused the Gentiles to hate the Jews. But WHY?

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