1Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Get your SKINNY on in less time than it takes to watch the season priemere of Grey’s.


(the pitch)

The Torah reading this week is called Ki Tavo (key tah-voe), which means: when you enter because Moses gave an Emily Post tip to our peeps on how to show their gratitude to God when they enter the Land of Israel. Moses advised: “After you unpack your gear from Mountain Hardware and plant your crops and orchards, bring the first produce of the season to God in the Temple in appreciation for all the things God has done for us. (Way bttr than txting a thnk u note.) Moses also reminded our peeps that we are God’s chosen people and that we – in turn – have chosen God. (Read this SKINNY if you forgot to choose.)


(the over think)

Several places in the Torah, including this week’s reading, refer to the Land of Israel as a place “flowing with milk and honey”. The phrase is meant both as a physical descriptor and a spiritual metaphor. While the southern part of the Land of Israel is barren desert, there are fertile areas as well. When the Torah refers to the land as so fertile that it’s flowing with milk and honey, it’s a metaphoric juxtaposition to Egypt. When our peeps were slaves in Egypt, God promised to free them and lead them to a “good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.” The word for Egypt in Hebrew is Mitzrayim (meets-rah-eem), which literally means: narrow places. That is: the Land of Israel metaphorically represented freedom in direct contradiction to the place of constriction and oppression of slavery in Egypt. What’s more, in the Torah, the references to milk and honey are understood to be goats’ milk and either date honey or bees’ honey. Imagining the land as overflowing with goats’ milk and date honey was inspirational and aspirational to our peeps as they escaped from slavery and spent 40 years traversing the desert. Commentators offer the image of milk-laden goats eating lush dates that are dripping with nectar. (Team SKINNY thinks that sounds delish.) As a spiritual metaphor, “a land flowing with milk and honey” can also represent that we should dream big dreams and it encourages us to reach our destination.


(to be in-the-know)

In addition to the land flowing with milk and honey, there are lots of Jewish rituals related to honey (although we wonder why there aren’t any related to goat’s milk). We dip apples in honey on Rosh HaShanah (row-sh ha-shah-nah) for a sweet New Year and there’s a relatively unknown tradition – although equally delicious – of smearing honey onto Hebrew letters and then having our kids lick it off as an expression of hope that their learning will be sweet. You can combine these two honeysuckle traditions, with a twist. Write your kid’s name with a squirt bottle of honey onto a piece of challah (cha-lah) – the yummy braided bread. Then have them lick it off for a sweet start of the school year or Jewish New Year!


(bookmark. reflect. share)

We’re in deep with the month of Elul (el-ool), which is the self-reflection foreplay leading up to the High Holidays of Rosh HaShanah – the Jewish New Year – and Yom Kippur (yome key-poor) – the Day of Atonement, which are collectively called the Yamim Noraim (yah-meem nor-ah-eem) – the Days of Awe. A shofar (show-far) – ram’s horn – is sounded in synagogue in the days leading up to the Awe-some holiday season to wake us from our slumbering complacency. It’s also a tradition to recite penitential-type poems and prayers during this period. It’s all part of getting us in the mood for a deep cleansing of our hearts and souls. The Days of Awe are a purifying time of renewal that enables us to reboot. Some people require a soft reboot; others demand a hard restart of their operating systems. Either way, now’s the time to get ready. Rosh HaShanah starts this year on the evening of October 2nd; Yom Kippur starts the evening of October 11th.


(to chew on)

Team SKINNY likes 10Q to help us slow down and reflect during the Days of Awe. Create a private account on the 10Q site, answer 10 questions during the 10 days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, then 10Q will email your answers to you next year just before Rosh HaShanah starts so you can reflect, react, and renew.



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