Cabbage Color Experiment

Hi boys and girls! In Parshas Tazria we learn that a person who said Loshon Hora would get Tzara’as.

Did you know?

The impact of our words is extremely powerful, so it’s important to make sure we only speak positively about each other.

 

 

 

Supplies

Cabbage Cut into Chunks (about 2 cups full)

Medium-Sized Bowl

Boiling Water

Aluminum Foil

3 Glass Bowls

2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Vinegar

Measuring Spoons

Popsicle Sticks

 

Instructions

  1. Cut up cabbage in chunks until you have about 2 cups worth and put it into the medium bowl.
  2. Boil 4 cups of water and pour directly over the cabbage. Cover with aluminum foil and let the water seep in for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the water into another bowl and divide it into 3 bowls for each of the colors.
  4. In the first bowl, just leave the cabbage water to remain purple.
  5. In the second bowl, add 2 tsp of baking soda and watch it turn blue!
  6. In the last bowl, pour 1 Tbsp of vinegar and watch it turn pink!

Enjoy!

 

Imagine…

As you wake up on the day of an important school test, you notice a familiar sensation in your stomach, a fluttering feeling called butterflies. This feeling comes up whenever you feel nervous, especially when anticipating an important event. But nervousness is not the only feeling that causes you to experience a physical feeling.

Think of the warmth that washes over you when your Bubby or Zaidy offers you a compliment. In such moments, you experience a pleasant sensation, a comforting warmth that comes from within.

These physical responses are our body’s way of feeling and expressing the emotions we have. They are signals from Hashem, to help us understand the complex feelings we have, allowing us to go through life with a deeper understanding of ourselves and those around us.

 

Delving Deeper

In this week’s Parsha, we learn about Tzaraas, which is a physical type of sickness. Rather than being caused by germs or cold weather, it came as a consequence of speaking Lashon Hara – speaking negatively about someone. Tzara’as would appear on a person’s skin as a white or pink patch. If these signs appeared, the person had to go to a Kohen to determine if it was indeed Tzaraas. If it was confirmed, the affected person would spend a certain amount of time alone outside the city until the condition went away.While this consequence may seem very long and difficult compared to a simple apology between friends, the Torah comes to teach an important lesson. It emphasizes the importance of making sure to speak with kindness and the need to think carefully before speaking.

 

Point to Ponder:

How can we develop habits that encourage us to speak with kindness?

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