This week’s Torah portion, Ve’etchanan, continues Moshe’s review of the events and commandments in the Torah. He recalls the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt and gives prophecy about a time when the Jews will turn away from Hashem but then return. The Ten Commandments are repeated in this week’s parsha, as is the Shema. This week is also Shabbos Nachamu, the Shabbos of Comfort following the mourning period culminating in Tisha B’Av, when we read the haftorah of “nachamu, nachamu ami,” when Hashem comforts us after the destruction of the Temple. One theme shared by both the Torah reading and the haftorah is that of love. We remember when G-d delivered us from slavery and, under a marriage canopy, gave us the Torah. We are commanded in the Shema, “ve’ahavta et Hashem Elokecha,” to love Hashem with all our hearts, with everything we have. We are reminded in the prophecy of Moshe and in the words of the haftorah that as far as we stray, in His infinite love for the Jewish people, we are always taken back into G-d’s loving embrace.
For this week’s Parsha desserts, I recommend anything in a heart shape. In my local candy store, I was able to find peach-flavored chewy hearts (see photo above). They also had heart lentils. There are many other heart-shaped candies out there. The hearts can also relate to this week’s holiday of Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av, which historically was the day that the young women of Jerusalem would dance and the young men would come to choose their brides. Tu B’Av is considered by the Talmud to be the greatest festival of the year!
I also bought Twizzlers (candy that is twisted) for this week as the Shema contains the commandment to wrap tefillin, phylacteries, as we bind the words of G-d on our hearts and on our heads every day.
Like these ideas? Have some of your own? Share your ideas for Parsha candies this week in the comments below!
This blog began 3 years ago this week! How did it all start? Here are my words from that first post. Enjoy!
In our home, we’re always searching for ways to keep Judaism fun, interesting, engaging and experiential. While this is something that we all do on the holidays, I felt that we should be doing something to make the Torah come alive on a weekly basis on Shabbat.
About a year ago, I introduced Parsha Candies into our home and it’s been fantastically successful! Each week, I purchase candies or treats based on a theme or themes in the weekly Torah portion. Sometimes it relates to Jewish dates coming up that week as well. The candies are kept a secret and add to the excitement of our Shabbat meals. As soon as the treats are placed on the table, the children each give us their explanations as to how they connect to the Torah. Their divrei Torah never cease to amaze us as they come up with amazing insights into otherwise simple treats. The children are also encouraged to whisper ideas to us for Parsha desserts each week and they get involved!
At a Shabbat with Oorah this summer, I mentioned this idea and it was met with a lot of enthusiasm. So we decided to share this experience with you. Each week, this blog will bring you simple ideas that you can use to help bring the joy into the discussions of the weekly Torah portion in your home. I hope it is able to bring as much joy into your home as it has brought into mine!