Honey on the Book Shelf


This is the honey time of year. Dippings abound and cakes are a-baking.

But there is more to this honey than simply well-wishing for a Sweet New Year.

Jewishly speaking, honey is also the kind of flavor we want for our children’s learning. This Torah that we teach must be sweet. The experience must be pleasant and the ambience must be fragrant with care and devotion. This is big.

We dribble the Aleph Bet with honey for our most tender aged students and we pray that our learning be sweet every morning in tefilah as we say ‘ha’arev na” – let the learning that is ahead of us be sweet.

“Lekach” is the Yiddish word for Honey Cake – it is drawn from the verse in Proverbs 4:2 where the word “lekach” refers to teaching as in learning as in “take away”!

 כִּי לֶקַח טוֹב, נָתַתִּי לָכֶם;    תּוֹרָתִי, אַל-תַּעֲזֹבוּ… For I give you good take away!

The custom is for Rebbeim to distribute slices of honey cake, “lekach” before Rosh Hashanah. As the cake is given, the blessing of good luck in Hebrew, “Hatzlacha,” is given as well. You see “Lekach” in gematria is “Hatzlacha”!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gematria  {for more of Jewish numerology } The calculation for each letter of each word is below, in case you do not believe me.

Here is wishing us all a year where the honey is on the bookshelf right next to our texts, that together with a little Hatzlacha, good luck,  should get us to a SHAnah Tovah and a wonderful year of learning!

heh = 5

tzadd  = 90

lamed = 30

chet = 8

heh = 5

Total =  138

lamed = 30

kuf = 100

chet = 8

Total 138

There you have it.


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