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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Just another reason to dump those day school tuitions and make aliyah!

[A guest post by Zahava]

The cast: Yonah (age 4-and-a-half) and Zahava (age none-of-your-business) The topic: ברכות (brachot / blessings) The setting: Early morning breakfast

I'm standing in the kitchen while Yonah finishes dressing in the living room. As I finish making his breakfast, I call out to him: "Yonah, I'm buttering your toast. Go in and wash your hands and make על נטילת ידיים ('al netiyat yadaiim' is the blessing over washing your hands)."

"Okay Ima", comes the unusually compliant reply.

Yonah comes into the kitchen, washes, makes a nice ברכה (bracha/blessing), takes his plate and sits down at the table.

It is early, and I am weaning myself from coffee for Tisha B'Av (the upcoming fast of the 9th of Av), so I am really only giving him half of my attention. That is, until I hear him making the blessing over the bread ending in;  "...המוצי טוסט מין הארץ" (hamotzei toast min haaretz / who brings forth toast from the land)  instead of  "המוצי לחם מין הארץ" (hamotzei lechem min haaretz / who brings forth bread from the land). The idea of a kid not even five years old actually understanding (and thinking about) the words of a blessing enough to ad lib just blows me away!

What?! You're still sitting there?  Go fill out an application for Nefesh B'Nefesh right now! :-)

Oh, and while we're on the subject, you're all registered for the NBN International J-Blogger's Convention on August 20th, right?  I'll be there with trep.

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I remember wondering why we don't say "hamotzi matza min haaretz" when I was about 5.

Posted by: triLcat | Aug 6, 2008 2:04:18 PM

[today's favourite post in my newsreader]

Posted by: a. | Aug 6, 2008 2:08:13 PM


Posted by: Benji Lovitt | Aug 6, 2008 2:39:43 PM

Great story!!! but it's המוציא לחם

Posted by: Ed | Aug 6, 2008 3:36:03 PM

Ed: clearly my education in Hebrew is inferior to Yonah's! Thanks for the catch! Fixing it now!

Posted by: zahava | Aug 6, 2008 3:46:05 PM

I just emailed my Aliyah packet to the Global Center to get my Tik #...then I get to talk to NBN...can you feel me trembling as I type this?!?!

Oh yeah, that post was perhaps the sweetest thing I've read recently...like anywhere!

Posted by: Jesse | Aug 6, 2008 6:25:06 PM

Very cool.

Posted by: Jack | Aug 6, 2008 6:45:49 PM

Good reason to make Aliyah. And did you hear? My legs are tanned--another pretty good reason....

Posted by: Baila | Aug 6, 2008 6:55:10 PM

That is really adorable. I am also going to the blogger's convention - now we can meet up "again"!

Posted by: westbankmama | Aug 6, 2008 7:00:41 PM

Too too cute. I'll have to add Yonah to ever growing list of reasons to make aliyah :)

Posted by: orieyenta | Aug 6, 2008 7:34:19 PM

Anybody willing to give-up their "Birthright"? I make a good pot of stew. :-)

Posted by: Rami | Aug 6, 2008 7:50:43 PM

Alyah, shaliyah. That Yonah is one delicious human being. [Pause.] Oops. Is Silverman reading this? There goes that recommendation for my kid to that yeshiva in Yerushalayim...

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Aug 6, 2008 8:56:06 PM

I love it!

Posted by: SaraK | Aug 6, 2008 8:57:51 PM

Very funny! Reminds me of my younger brother (age 6) making the bracha on seeing the sea for the first time in over a year. Without waiting to hear what the bracha was, he confidently recited: בורא פרי הסי - borei pri ha-sea (who creates the fruit of the sea), being similar to בורא פרי העץ - borei pri ha-etz (who creates the fruit of the tree) instead of the real bracha (עושה את הים הגדול - oseh et hayam hagadol: who creates the great sea).

Posted by: annie | Aug 6, 2008 10:26:09 PM

Zahava, you have to start a blog! I will be visiting it every day.
I wish Yonah could be cloned - I'd be ordering two! Having never had the blessing of kids, it is great fun to watch and learn through the blessings of other peoples. Thanks for this delightful insight into breakfast at the bogners!

Posted by: Noa | Aug 6, 2008 10:59:42 PM

Cute :)

Posted by: Ezzie | Aug 7, 2008 1:54:19 AM

and this is why my husband doesn't like that i read so many israel blogs. the urge for aliyah just gets stronger....

Posted by: phyllis | Aug 7, 2008 6:30:07 AM

I honestly can't express how delighted I am that you all found this experience as charming as I did! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

I smiled the whole day from the recent memory of the improv'd bracha -- he was so matter of fact about it -- didn't look up to see my reaction, or anything -- which is, of course, exactly why I found it so charming!

Wish I could reply to you all individually, but I am ב"ה (B"H) in the midst of several huge deadlines....

Posted by: zahava | Aug 7, 2008 10:54:39 AM

A very nice story. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Aug 7, 2008 12:57:02 PM

P.S.: I am weaning myself from coffee for Tisha B'Av
Aren't we all? :-)

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Aug 7, 2008 12:58:06 PM

"and Zahava (age none-of-your-business)"


Posted by: the sabra | Aug 8, 2008 12:49:07 PM

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