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Parshas Vayigash

Ruchie Bromberg

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Educated Guess

When your parents are away on business or vacation,

When they come back home it is a celebration.

You missed them so much and cannot wait until they arrive,

Being apart was so difficult, you barely survived.

Your parents also missed you and they cannot wait,

To be reunited, it’ll be so great.

You learn to appreciate your parents, it’s true,

And realize how much they both do for you!

Can you imagine if you did not have a phone,

And you could not reach them when you are alone?

Or imagine that they are so very far,

But you don’t know exactly where they are.

In this week’s parshah there is something exciting,

The story of brothers finally reuniting.

It is sad and it’s happy all rolled into one,

At the end a reunion between father and son.

Who reunited, how long were they apart?

This story this week, just touches your heart. 


Parshah in Action:

This week’s parshah begins the concluding drama of the book of Bereishis, the story of Yoseph and his eleven brothers, their estrangement and eventual reunion in Mitzrayim. We were left in suspense last week, once the goblet was found in Binyamin’s sack. This week, we learn about the heartwarming reunion between the family.

A fun game to play is a story game. One person starts a story. In the middle of the story he stops and picks someone else to continue the story. Once the story is finished, you can restart the story and try to have a different plot. Everyone can have a turn to start a story and stop at a dramatic part and let someone else continue. You’ll be amazed at how many different ideas you can come up with!


Parshah Treat:


In this week’s parshah, Yosef sends his brothers back to Canaan, to his father Yaakov, laden with gifts from Pharaoh and Yosef. They inform Yaakov that Yosef is alive, and that he rules over all of Egypt. The pasuk tells us, “And the spirit of their father, Yaakov, was revived.”

Here is a cake that will make a beautiful PRESENTation!


What You Need

Divine Chocolate Cake (recipe below)

whipping cream — whipped


toy horse

sour sticks


fruit leather

round cookies for wheels

chocolate coins


Divine Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ¾cup cocoa
  • 1½teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour two long, deep rectangular baking pans. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, soy milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat for two minutes. Stir in boiling water. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.


To Assemble

Frost the cake with whipped cream. Pour sprinkles on cream and cover with chocolate coins, to represent gifts. With toothpicks, insert wheels, two on each side. Form a canopy with toothpicks and fruit leather. Place sour sticks to represent reins, and finally, place the horse at the front, ready to go!


Enjoy! Have a wonderful Shabbos!

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