Last week, Michelle’s friend, Daniella, gave birth to an adorable baby boy. To welcome the baby to the world, the family hosted a Shalom Zachor (lit: Peaceful welcome male). Michelle prepared these adorable cookies for the Shalom Zachor, held this past Shabbos.
I was sitting next to my friend, Carol, at the Shalom Zachor. She recommended that I try these delicious and adorable cookies, not knowing that Michelle had prepared them in my kitchen right before Shabbos!
The Shalom Zachor is such a beautiful tradition. It is a wonderful opportunity to gather friends, family and community for desserts and drinks at the home of the new baby. There are many reasons given for this delightful Jewish tradition:
- We simply welcome the baby to the first Shabbos of life outside the womb.
- We thank G-d on the first Shabbos for the baby surviving the birth.
- Since we know that all blessings for the upcoming week emanate from the preceding Shabbos, we open our home to the blessing of family and friends before the upcoming bris (circumcision).
- While in the womb, an angel teaches the baby the entire Torah. At birth, the teaching angel touches the baby near the mouth and the baby forgets all that he has learned. The baby’s lifetime duty is to relearn his Torah and family and friends gather to console the baby on having lost his Torah knowledge and study partner.
- Shabbos and the birth of a baby boy are auspicious times for peace and we invite our community to our homes in the hope of the creation and continuity of peace between family and community.
Hadar-Tirosh chocolate half-moon biscuits
Paskesz mini oreo cookies
blue/pink piping or frosting
Using a small spatula coated with frosting, adhere two half-moon cookies together at right angles to create base of carriage. Since these cookies are double-sided, use the vanilla side for the base of the carriage and the chocolate-side for the carriage hood.
With a dab of frosting, adhere two wheels to front of cookie carriage. Pipe lines on hood of carriage for additional decoration.