University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


  • Toby Knobel Fluek :
  • Kreplach



    On Shavuos (a harvest holiday), we decorated our house with twigs and greenery, placing small branches around the picture frames on the walls and a bouquet of wildflowers on the table.

    On this holiday, which also celebrated the receiving of the Ten Commandments, it was customary to eat only dairy foods, as a reminder that when Moses came down from the mountain, the children of Israel wanted to celebrate but had to do it without meat since there was no time to make it kosher.

    Before Shavuos, Mother would make extra farmer's cheese and sour cream, and store it in the cellar, which kept it cool (our way of refrigeration). Our favorite dish for the Shavuos midday meal was cheesefilled kreplach (dumplings).

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