Shabbat fun for children is given a fresh and tasty twist with Edible Parsha projects. These easy to create, hands-on treats are based within context of weekly Torah portion for children of all ages and stages.
Edible Parsha is a creation by Batya Jacob, director of the International Jewish Resource Center for Inclusion and Special Education, a division of Yachad/NJCD.
Project #1: Maarat HaMachpelah (Cave of our Fathers)
Avraham bought the Maarat HaMachpelah from Efron and buried Sarah there. Later he will be buried next to her as will be Yitzchak and Rivka and Yaakov and Leah. The midrash says that Adam and Chava were also buried in this cave.
One challah roll
Two gingerbread boy cookies (or other cookies shaped like people)
Hollow out the roll to make the cave.
Place the two cookies inside.
Project #2: Shabbat Candles
When Rivka married Yitzchak, the midrash says that Sarah’s candles relit and illuminated the tent.
Two empty baby food jars
Fill the jars with the sand, making any design preferred.
Place candles into the sand.
You can also make the candle holders out of modeling clay, shaping them into stars, hearts, circles, etc. The clay can be painted if desired.
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