In this week’s Parsha- parshas Shmini,
We learn about kosher food very clearly.
How does one distinguish between kosher and not,
The only animals that we can eat,
Must chew their cud and have cloven feet.
In order to make a tasty dish,
Fins and scales must have a fish.
The ones that are an abomination from the fowl,
The ostrich, eagle, vulture and owl.
The ravens the falcons and things like that,
The pelican, the stork, the hawk and the bat.
Winged swarming things, you also can’t eat,
But some grasshoppers and locusts you can eat their meat.
All creeping things are an abomination,
Hashem tells this all to the entire nation.
Which animals have one thing allowed but not more,
Can you name these animals, in total there are four.
PLAYING WITH THE PARSHA:
This week’s parsha, Parshas Shmini, teaches us the kashrus laws of which animals can and cannot be eaten. “These are the animals that can be eaten from amongst all of the animals of the land. All those that have split-hooves and chew their cud . . . (Perek 11:2-3).”
Here is a fun game that you can play based on the game of 20 questions. Each person has to think about an animal and everyone around the Shabbos table has to ask questions to guess the animal. You can only answer with a yes or no answer. For example: If you are thinking of a cow a person might ask:
Is it a kosher animal? Does it live on a farm? Is it small? Is it colorful etc…
There are many animals to choose from. Try to look in your chumash to get ideas of different animals. There are many animals to chose from in this week’s parsha.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
This week’s Parsha is called Parshat Shmini- which means “the eighth”. Here is an easy and fun Parsha cake in the number EIGHT. Last time I made this everyone “eight” it all up…
What you will need:
2 bundt shape pans
Double the Chocolate chip cake recipe
“GREight” Chocolate Cake: (double it to make 2 cirlcles)
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cake
- 2 2/3 cup flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup pareve milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 round tube pans.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl whisk together: pareve milk, water, oil, vanilla and eggs.
Slowly pour wet mixture into flour mixture while whisking.
Stir in the chips.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.
Let it cool and Frost.
Combine the 2 cakes together to form the number 8. You can frost and sprinkle it with sprinkles or candies.
Have a wonderful Shabbat!