In Chapter 15 of Bereishit (Genesis) God tells Avram that his reward will be ‘exceedingly great.’ Avram responds with his concern — what is the point if he has no one to inherit his lot? Hashem responds in Pasuk 5:
And He took him outside, and He said, “Please look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So will be your seed.”
Rav Eliezer Chrysler explains that the Gematriah (numerical value) of the Hebrew word ‘Koh’ (“so”) is twenty-five. ‘Kaf’ is twenty and ‘Heh’ is five. This served as a hint that Avram’s son Yitzchak would be born in twenty-five years. Avram was seventy-five at the this time and Yitzchak was born when he was a hundred years old. And of course Yitzchak is also the father of the future Klal Yisrael.
Speaking of stars, Rabbi Feigenbaum mentioned something that Rav Pam had said about the subject. All stars give off light but some light needs more time to travel as they’re farther away. He used this to explain that children develop at their own pace and their light sometimes develop at a later and different stage. The most important thing to remember, Rabbi Feigenbaum said, is patience.
In honour of looking heavenward and counting the stars…
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- dash salt
- Mix margarine, sugar, vanilla, and egg. Place flour on top. Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder on flour and gently stir flour. Add salt and mix the batter together.
- Bake at 375 for eight minutes.
- When cooled pour melted chocolate chips and white chocolate on top.
B’tayavon and have a great Shabbos!