By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, June 2, 2011
Every Jewish holiday, of course, needs to have its distinctive food. Matzah on Pesach, hamantaschen on Purim and cheesecake on Shavuot. The reasons for cheesecake, however, are more obscure than those of festive foods. I found seven different reasons for the custom of eating milk foods on Shavuot, suggesting that no one knows for sure what the reason is.