As we prepare each week for the Sabbath, we all have certain things we enjoy doing to help the family as a whole get ready to enter into this special time. One child loves to set a beautiful Sabbath meal table, one loves to prepare special music, the boys stock the wood, and so on…
However one thing everyone loves to be involved in each week is Shabbat dessert preparation! We all take turns carefully choosing and preparing that special treat — and when I can tie it into teaching or a special lesson — it’s even sweeter for this homeschool Mama!
A few weeks back it was my youngest’s turn and we were in Parashah Hayyei-Sarah (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18) and something that kept coming up that week with my son was the Camels; he was very impressed that Rivkah watered all those Camels! (Me too–HARD work!) In the bible study that the children do each morning, the Rebbitzen impressed upon the children what hard work that would of been for Rivkah–watering a caravan of Camels and as Scripture states ‘she ran’ while doing it. !! Wow. My son could really identify, because in the winter here at our homestead, we have to carry jugs of water to all of our animals, to water them; I think he felt for Rivkah! lol
Sooo, when it came time to make his Shabbat dessert of Sugar Cookies, on Friday morning; he was looking thru our immense collection of cookie cutters (thanks Grandma & Great Grandma!) and saw a Camel– and he just had to add some Camels to his cookie tray! “Camels would be perfect–they are in the Torah portion this week!!” Not only did we have a great conversation while making our dessert for Shabbat, he worked on his letter sounds and spelling “SHABBAT SHALOM” — he also was reminded of one of our matriarchs and how she worked with a servants heart, with joy and kindness, doing a very hard job, indeed!
Teaching life’s lessons in all things…even in preparing Shabbat dessert…now THAT’s sweet!