Vayeishev Genesis / Bereishit 37:1–40:23

Joseph in a pit, while his brothers present his torn and bloody coat to Jacob (Shabbos Stash) (Genesis / Bereishit 37:24-32)

כד  וַיִּקָּחֻהוּ–וַיַּשְׁלִכוּ אֹתוֹ, הַבֹּרָה; וְהַבּוֹר רֵק, אֵין בּוֹ מָיִם.24 They took him and threw him into the pit– the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
לב  וַיְשַׁלְּחוּ אֶת-כְּתֹנֶת הַפַּסִּים, וַיָּבִיאוּ אֶל-אֲבִיהֶם, וַיֹּאמְרוּ, זֹאת מָצָאנוּ:  הַכֶּר-נָא, הַכְּתֹנֶת בִּנְךָ הִוא–אִם-לֹא.32 And … and they brought [the striped coat] to their father; and said: “We found this.  See if you recognize whether or not it is your son’s coat.”


  • 13 tiny bear-shaped cookies
  • 1 ice cream cone with a flat bottom
  • Chocolate milk mix
  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Sliver of fruit leather, preferably multi-colored or red
  • Jelly beans for shoes (optional)

Tools (all can be shared by many children at once):

  • 2 small bowls
  • 2 paint brushes (set aside for food products only)
  • 1 pair of scissors (set aside for food products only)

To Prepare: (must be done very shortly before use):

  1. Put a tablespoon or two of chocolate milk mix (depending on the number of children making the snack) into one of the bowls.  Add enough water to make a thick, paintable fluid.
  2. Put a teaspoon or two of powdered sugar (depending on the number of children making the snack) in one of the bowls.  Add enough water to make a thick, paintable fluid.
  3. In a third bowl, dampen additional powdered sugar until it is the consistency of glue.

To Assemble:

  1. Snap the ears off of the bear-shaped cookies.
  2. Decorate 1 bear-shaped cookie with brown “paint” to resemble hair only. This is Joseph.
  3. Decorate 11 bear-shaped cookies with brown hair and beards.  These are the other brothers.
  4. Decorate remaining bear-shaped cookie with white powdered sugar “paint” hair and beard.
  5. (optional) If you wish for the people to stand, cut one jelly bean at a time and press on either side of each bear foot, except Joseph’s. 
  6. Dip the bottom of the Joseph character into the thick sugar glue and stick to the inside of an ice cream cone to form the well. 
  7. Attach the strip of fruit leather to the hand of one of the tiny persons representing the brothers, using sugar glue if necessary.

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