In this week’s Parsha, we learn about the ten remaining Makkos that Hashem brought upon the Mitzriyim, including Makkas Choshech – Darkness.
During this Makkah, it was pitch black for the Mitzriyim, but the Yidden had light. This enabled them to find the treasures of Mitzrayim, which they demanded as payment for their years of slavery.
Today, we will be making treasure cookies to remind us of the treasures the Yidden found in Mitzrayim.
2/3 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Oil
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 ½ Cups Flour
2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
6 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar
Imagine you are looking through an Egyptian house, searching for where they keep all their gold. In which cupboard, under which bed? This is not some ordinary house, but the very house in which you were enslaved.
This is what the Yidden experienced during the Makkah of Choshech. Hashem specifically made it dark for the Mitzriyim and light for the Yidden so that they could locate all of the gold and treasures of Mitzrayim undisturbed. This was so they would be able to demand these valuables as payment for their long years of slavery on their way out of Egypt.
400 years before Yetziyas Mitzrayim, at the Bris Bein Habesarim, Hashem told Avraham about the upcoming Golus his children and grandchildren would have to go through. But He promised that when the Yidden would leave Mitzrayim, they would leave with great wealth.
Finally, in this Parsha, the time came for this promise to be fulfilled. By instructing the Yidden to search for the treasures of Mitzrayim, Hashem was honoring His word and keeping His promise to Avraham, ensuring they would in fact take the treasures with them on their way out of Egypt.
We can learn from this to be careful with and honor our words, making sure that we keep to what we say; and not to say anything we don’t actually mean.
Bring It Home