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Parshat Vayeitzei

At the beginning of this Parsha Yakov departs from Beersheva and travels to Haran. He spends the night on the way and has a dream in which a ladder extends from earth to heaven. Angels ascend and descend the ladder. God appears in the dream and promises that Yakov’s progeny will be a great nation.

Here’s a nice vort about these angels. According to the Sefat Emet, the ladder in the dream starts on earth and extends up to heaven. The foot of the ladder is in the physical world but rises to a totally spiritual one. In Pirkei Avot it says that worldly manners precedes Torah. The angels that rise and go down represent different angels. The ones that accompanied Yakov in Israel weren’t the same ones that traveled with him outside Israel. Angels that accompanied Yaakov in Eretz Yisrael are not the same as those outside Israel, just as Shabbat angels differ from those of weekdays. On Friday night we sing Shalom Aleichem, which refers to the changing of the angels.

 

Genesis 28:12 12. And he dreamed, and behold! a ladder set up on the ground and its top reached to heaven; and behold, angels of God were ascending and descending upon it.

This week’s recipe is about dreams. My mom used to make ‘dream’ squares which I thought would be a fine idea. When I looked for recipes for Yaakov’s dream I discovered a whole array of dream desserts: dream cookies, dream cups, dream bars, and dream puddings. I have no idea why. This one seemed yummy and it really is. This recipe comes straight from the Nestle’s website.

Double Chocolate Chip Dream Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz pkg) chocolate chips

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs for about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are puffed. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
B’tayavon and have a great Shabbos!

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Parshat Lech Lecha

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…

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.”

Star Cookies

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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!

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