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Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Shabbat Chazon....   Tisha B'av this coming Sunday.                                                                                                                            בס"ד     
Busy bumble bees- Dvorim...

In Sefer Devarim, Moshe speaks to every Jew,
Known as Mishna Torah -  repetition or review.
Going through the journey,  39 years in the midbar,
The miracles that happened, how they came this far.

Moshe told Bnei Yisrael the words of Hashem,
According to all that He commanded him.
The journey had a purpose, they had to understand,
Hashem wanted them to own His promised land.

We should be reminded of the miracles that were done,
And  remember that Hashem is the only One.
Moshe discussed the desert, each place he did describe,
and how the people chose a judge for every tribe.

Moshe reviewed Chet meraglim he spoke to them and cried,
He gave Bnei Yisrael rebuke, before he died.
What date is it written that Moshe gathered everyone?
Go look in a Chumash, when you find it you are done!

Answer:  The first day of the 11th month- Aleph Shvat. 

This week’s Parsha talks about the sin of the Meraglim (spies.)  Moshe recounts the tragic episode in detail. He reminds Bnei Yisrael how the Meraglim claimed that it would be impossible for them to conquer the nations in Eretz Canaan.   Even though Moshe protested, the Bnei Yisrael were afraid to enter Canaan. As a result, Hashem did not allow that entire generation to enter the land.

We have to be careful with our words and what we say.  Go around the Shabbat table and start a story.  No one is allowed to use the letter s in the story.  See how difficult it is to say a sentence without using the letter ‘s’.  After everyone finished asked how they felt.  It is not always easy to guard our tongue, but we must work very hard and try to think before we speak!

In this week’s parshah (44:1) Moshe talks about the Amorim who chased the Bnei Yisrael like bees. 
In Taamei Mesoret Hamikra, Rav Yehuda Hachassid writes that devarim, words, sound similar to dvorim, bees. The words of the Torah are like bees. To those who accept it, it will be as sweet as honey, and to those who refuse it, it will be harsh like a sting.
Let’s make BEEautiful Bee cookies. It will BEE the sweetest dessert!
You will need:
2 cups peanut butter
¼ cup margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups crushed cookies
½ cup chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon oil
Sliced almonds

Combine the peanut butter and margarine in a bowl.  Beat until creamy. Add powdered sugar.  Beat until well mixed.  Stir in crushed cookies by hand.  Shape rounded teaspoonfuls into ovals.  You can wet your hands to make it easier to shape.  Place onto waxed paper.
Combine the chocolate chips and oil in a microwavable bowl.   Microwave for 50 seconds, remove and stir.  Continue microwaving for 10 seconds until chocolate is smooth.
Pour the chocolate into a small plastic bag.  Cut a small tip from the corner.
For each bee, squeeze 3 stripes of chocolate over each oval.  Insert slivered almonds on each side for the wings.  Add chocolate chips for the eyes.
Refrigerate- no need to bake!

Enjoy! Have a great Shabbat!
Hope you have an easy and meaningful fast. 
May we be zoche to see the building of the Bet Hamikdash speedily in our days.                            Ruchie

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