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Derived from central Europe, the popular kichlach (Yiddish for "cookies") are to be found in many of the packages prepared by parents for their children serving in the Israeli military.
Many of our Jewish holidays are based on the agricultural calendar of our ancestors, including the three pilgrimage festivals of Passover (Pesach), Shavuot and Sukkot.
Lag BaOmer is a shorthand way of saying the 33rd day of the Omer. (The numerical value of the Hebrew letter lamed is 30, and the value of gimel is three; lamed and gimel together are pronounced “lahg.”) In addition to tracking the agricultural cycle, the Omer marks the seven-week period from Passover, which commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, to Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the “Counting of the Omer” (Sefirat Ha'omer).
Whether you’re dining al fresco in July, which is National Picnic Month in the United States, or during the Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer, which is synonymous with outdoor bonfires and picnics, you’re sure to love these picnic-perfect recipes, all best served at room temperature (a.k.a. the temperature inside your picnic basket).