The Bizarre Chocolate-Chip Cookies
This past Friday, my daughter noticed something downright bizarre written on the package of Osem chocolate-chip cookies in our cabinet.
In the middle of the Friday-afternoon, pre-Shabbat Weisberg hullabaloo, I read the following words, “2:25 PM. I wait for these magical hours the entire week. Friday afternoon. Everything is peaceful. This is the time to climb into bed with something interesting to read and with a small tray with hot chocolate and chocolate-chip cookies upon it. One bite melts in my mouth. What a great way to start the weekend!”
At first I didn’t get it. How could this possibly be a description of Friday afternoon at anybody’s house?
But then I understood. This is what 2:25 PM on Friday afternoon might look like at the home of a person who doesn’t keep Shabbat.
Sounded tempting. But what an awful deal!!
No matter how yummy chocolate-chip cookies and hot chocolate in bed taste, are they worth a life without the blessing, the tranquility, the family-time that is Shabbat?
No way, Jose!
Which reminded of the words of labor coach Rachel Broncher: “The things in life that involve the most struggle have the most lasting value. Put in a different way, anything that has eternal and lasting value is acquired through struggle.”
And this doesn’t only apply, of course, to the challenges of preparing the home every week for Shabbat, but also…
The challenges of motherhood.
The challenges of marriage.
The challenges of maintaining a home.
The challenges of living a Jewish life.
“Anything that has eternal and lasting value is acquired through struggle.”
Yep, SO true.