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Torah Learning through Tasty Fun!

Snack ideas children can make themselves, even on Shabbat,* taken from the weekly parsha. Use as an opening to a lesson, or as an end in itself!

Question for the Community:

HAVE JELLY BELLY JELLY BEANS CHANGED?

UPDATE ON TRANSLATIONS Though I will continue to translate most of the text myself, I thought it would be disingenuous to claim I was doing so for Parashat Tetzaveh, as both snacks consist of making the Choshen, and I no independent knowledge of the meaning of the various stones.

As such, I looked at the Sefaria.com Terms and Conditions. It is VERY generous in terms of use. One may copy and use its contents (unless expressly stated otherwise for particular content) so long as proper attribution is given.

And as there are quite a few translations available, one can find a translation that fits one’s approach.

So that what I will do. Translations taken from Sefaria.com will be so noted. Otherwise they will be mine. And, since they are allowing use of their resources, I will stop re-typing the Hebrew text, and just copy and paste the Hebrew from there.

Tetzaveh / תצוה : SHMOT (EXODUS) Exodus  27:20-30:10 

Notable Text: Sources for familiar prayers and practices:

While not really something with which Americans are familiar, the British monarchy bases its ritual of anointing its new monarch on the anointing process found at Exodus 29:7.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS, TEXT, AND MEANING OF CHOSHEN: THEME AND VARIATIONS.


Nature’s Nosh

Choshen

And, just to be, as they say, “Extra,” here is the Choshen-themed bento I made this morning. Marinated raw tofu, cucumber spears on the edges (so the rice stays square), mini tomatoes on the corners to form the golden rings, and marinated onion in between. I would say to make the colored cloth, but really because we like it. Had I time, I would have exchanged some of the tofu with avocado, olives, etc., but that would have reduced the protein content.


Torah Thoughts

My personal thoughts regarding this week’s parsha.

Do we Still have a Choice if the Choice is Made for Us?

Making a snack can be a fun way of keeping a child’s thoughts on the story. But food can be used in many ways. Many times, when teaching children, I simply took a bunch of baby carrots, declared one to be one character in the Torah and another to be another, had the carrot “people” act out the parsha, handed out hummus cups, and that was the lesson. Somehow the children paid more attention to this method of telling the story than my simply speaking or reading from a book.

The “Nature’s Nosh” primarily uses fresh fruits and vegetables; a healthy option, but a bit of planning is required.

The “Shabbos Stash,” on the other hand, uses a limited number of shelf-stable ingredients you can keep on hand, and use week after week.

Finally, if you have ideas and want to share them, please do! Note that if you post photos, you are giving me permission to have them on this web site (by approving your post). If you e-mail them to me, however, and tell me not to post the e-mailed photos, I will respect your wishes.

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* Although I have run the general concept of making these snacks on Shabbat, and some of my early experiments, by our Local Orthodox Rav, I do not have a mashgiach and do not run EVERY snack by a rabbi.  Accordingly, if you have any concerns about whether these snacks can be made on Shabbat, and what should be pre-prepared, I urge you to consult an authority of your choosing.  If you learn anything that is of concern (not a chumrah of your specific Rav but is a general halachic concern) please do notify me.