May 8, 2003
Moms and Mitzvot
There is a lot of teaching going on in Parshat Emor. God teaches us many mitzvot. For instance, we learn that farmers must leave some of their harvest for poor people. God teaches Moses laws about the priests. Then he tells Moses to teach them. Then he tells the priests to teach their children the laws of purity. God is like a really big parent!
This Mother's Day, which will fall on May 11, you will have a chance to appreciate the person who has taught you most in life: how to share, how to eat well, how to take care of yourself. Give her a chance to show her how much you've learned: make her breakfast, clean up your dirty socks and give her a big kiss!
Skittish With Yiddish?
Here is a hilarious Mother's Day poem sent in by Jake Mogul, 11, of Moorpark.
Here are the Yiddish words you need to know: punim = face; shmutz = dirt; shayna = sweet.
Mom, my toys away you puts,
Mom, you clear my punim of the shmutz.
Mom, you are such a shayna,
You put my lunch
in a containa!
Palindrome This One, Pal
OK -- a palindrome
is a word that is spelled the same forward and backward. So, here's the question: Which two words in English are palindromes whose Hebrew translations are also palindromes? (Hint: One of those words has a lot to do with the subject of today's page, and the other has a lot to do with the first answer.)