I know everybody does it, and I know there is an inyan to eat dairy, but is there an inyan specifically for eating cheesecake on Shavuos? And if so, where does it come from?

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    The general question is found here judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7875/759
    – Double AA
    May 13, 2013 at 23:18
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    You answered your own question: there is an inyan to eat cheesecake because everyone does it and they don't know why. That's what an inyan is!
    – Double AA
    May 13, 2013 at 23:19
  • Ha, although I am not satisfied with that really :)
    – WhoKnows
    May 13, 2013 at 23:19
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    Maybe cheesecake became popular on Shavuot because people wanted to make a Mezonot after they made Kiddush, so they could have Kiddush Bimkom Seuda. judaism.stackexchange.com/a/16556/603
    – Menachem
    May 14, 2013 at 3:38
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    Point of order: Not everybody does it.
    – Seth J
    May 14, 2013 at 17:45

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Nitei Gavriel Shavuos 29:1 note 1 mentions from Kovetz Bais Talmud that in the times of the second Bais HaMikdash they used to eat on Shavuos (לפתות מלחם ומלח (חלב. This sounds a bit like cheesecake to me.

  • How does he know this? What's the source?
    – Yehoshua
    Jun 8, 2016 at 18:23

No. Cheesecake is just delicious.

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    What is your source or reasoning for the claim that there's no source for eating cheesecake specifically?
    – msh210
    May 14, 2013 at 4:37
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    I'm going to take the admittedly unpopular but unfortunately true position that cheesecake is not delicious.
    – Double AA
    May 14, 2013 at 4:46
  • My source of reasoning is that while eating dairy is a popular inyan, cheesecake is just a popular choice (especially in America). I personally know many Jews (mostly foreigners) who have never had cheesecake but keep that inyan to eat cheesecake. I'd consider it more of an inyan just to eat cheesecake itself than to eat cheesecake on Shauvos.
    – rosen
    May 14, 2013 at 14:31
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    What is your source that cheesecake is delicious?
    – Seth J
    May 23, 2013 at 19:29

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