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Thursday, June 7, 2012


"lashon" hara cake.  Guard your tongue!!!
The murmurs speaking evil, Hashem got so angry,
They remembered the food that in Mitzraim was for free.
What was their problem? but they began to wish,
for cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, garlic and some fish.
Their soul they said dried away, it wasn’t any fun,
To have the same thing every day - nothing else but mun.
They gathered it, ground it in mills, they had lots,
Beat it in mortars and cooked it in pots.
They baked it in oil and made them into cake,
They were tired of the same, they wanted a break.
They begged Moshe, what else can we eat???
We’re tired and hungry- where is the meat???
Moshe could not take it time and time again,
Hashem told him to appoint 70 men.
Who were the complainers and what did Hashem send?
Do you know the answers since now it’s the end?

The manna tasted like cake fried in honey (Shemot 16:31), and one could experience any taste his palate desired (Yoma 75a).  This week’s parsha continues to tell us: “Now the manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance thereof as the appearance of bdellium. (Numbers 11/7)”.
A fun game to play would be a tasting game.  Go into your kitchen and collect all different types of food.  You can put a pickle, orange, grape juice, potato chips, apple, etc…
Blindfold a person and have them taste something you chose.  Have them guess what it is without seeing what they tasted.  Discuss what it felt like to not know what they tried.  Then have a discussion and ask everyone if they had a choice as to what their food would taste like, what would they chose and why.

To further the conversation, ask everyone if they would be bored after a while having the same taste in their mouths.  Was that the way the mun was?

Parsha Treat:
This week’s Parsha talks about Miriam and how she spoke Lashon Hara.  Here is a cake to resemble the mouth and how you should guard your tongue from speaking evil.  Everyone will lick their lips when they taste this cake.
What you will need:
9x13 inch yellow cake (see recipe below)
Red licorice
Pink icing
Little white marshmallows
Fruit leather

Yellow cake:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  1. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs until thickened and light colored.
  4. Gradually beat in the sugar, then the rest of the liquids.
  5. Beat in flour and then baking powder.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool slightly and then turn upside down to remove from pan.

Cut the cake to form a shape of lips.  Frost the cake with pink frosting and add the licorice around the lips and marshmallow for teeth.  Cut the fruit leather into the shape of a tongue and place over the cake. This resembles the “lashon” hara.

Enjoy!  Have a great Shabbat!
Answer to puzzle: (Asafsuf and the quail)

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