Omari's favorite PJ Library book is "Where Shabbat Lives"
because he loves to point to the challah and rub his belly...
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It All Starts With A Table
by Nomi Eve
It all starts with a table. In this case, the table is long and oval shaped. It has two leaves that can lengthen the table, or shorten it depending upon who is in from college, which kid is out celebrating at a Bat Mitzvah, who has a school concert. Sometimes we have ten of us, other times thirty. The table grows or shrinks depending upon circumstance.
The table is our dining room, and we have gathered around it countless times with parents, cousins, grandparents, babies, aunts and uncles. I care-take the table for now, for this generation, but one day I’ll pass it on to one of our children. The table belonged to my grandparents, my Bubbie and Zada. I inherited it, along with the tradition of making and enjoying a weekly Shabbat dinner for our extended family. I tell my kids: its not just a table, it’s a life raft, a magic carpet, hang on, it will take you backwards through time, and forwards to a future where you are surrounded by people who love you that you never even met. Usually, my kids think I’m crazy