Sophie’s religious school class devoted Saturday morning to baking challah, making challah covers and learning about other Shabbat rituals. Challah is a traditional braided bread – and something I used to prepare for our family every week back in junior high. Saturday’s class gave me a chance to see that I haven’t lost my technique!
The kids had a great time, as did their parents. I was especially impressed by the artwork the children came up with for their challah covers. Sophie managed to stencil the word Shabbat in Hebrew quite nicely on hers. One little boy drew his entire family and their pets.
The Sabbath has turned into another day for errands, playdates and soccer games in some ways for our family. This week, however, Sophie and I attended services Friday night and had this great experience on Saturday morning. It was such a pleasure to feel the peace of the day the way we’re really meant to as Jews. We need to make time for that more often. I know there’s a line in the prayer book we use that says something along these lines: More than the Jewish people have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jewish people. I love that idea.
I’m posting a few photos from Sophie’s class here, but you can see the complete album on Snapfish: