Sweet Honey

In Eastern Europe, it was customary at a child’s first Torah TorahתּוֹרָהLiterally “instruction” or “teaching.” The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy); the handwritten scroll that contains the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Also called the Pentateuch and The Five Books of Moses. “Torah” is also used to refer to the entire body of Jewish religious teachings and insight.  lesson to write the Hebrew alphabet in honey on the child’s slate, and giving it to the child to lick off.  In this way, would the child always associate sweetness with Torah study.

Instead of using honey, make cookies in the shape of Hebrew letters or Torah scrolls, or choose another sweet treat to share with your children as they begin their religious studies.

Edible Torah: Digest what you read!

Recipe 1

  • Use two pretzel rods as dowels, or eitz chayim (trees of life).
  • "Glue" on chocolate kisses on the ends of each pretzel for the finials, using chocolate or
    vanilla canned frosting as the glue.
  • Unroll a fruit roll-up for the scroll (chill them before use so they are less sticky).

Recipe 2


  • 1 flat tortilla per child
  • 2 pretzel rods per child
  • Soft cheese spread
  • 1 licorice string per child

Cut the rounded edge off the top and bottom of the tortilla. Spread a soft cheese mixture over the tortilla. Put a pretzel rod on the left and right edge of the tortilla. Wrap the tortilla around the pretzel rods, starting at each side and meeting in the middle of the tortilla. Use the licorice string to tie around the "Torah." Enjoy!