Bentch in the Box
One of the teens from my synagogue posted this recently on Facebook”
“Today, I built a fort out of cardboard boxes in my friend’s driveway. We made motzi and benched in that box, and it was perhaps my favorite benching experience of my entire life. I highly recommend it.”
And a response from someone else who was there:
“Best. Shabbos. Ever.”
You know what? I believe them. I believe that sitting in a box-fort in a driveway, eating bread and singing the blessing after meals really did comprise one of the best moments for them.
Never content to leave well-enough alone, I have to ask you guys, my faithful readers, what you think it was about that moment that made it so amazing. If we understand that, we might be able to help others find it too. Because that’s what EdibleTorah is all about: helping people find meaningful Jewish moments – especially when it includes food and engaging Jewish content.
I’m going to invite my teen friend to comment below (do I sound like Marlin Perkins from those Mutual of Omaha safari specials? “My assistant Jim going to try to coax the recalcitrant teen out of the mall using some bait – a $20 bill and the call “moooooveee moneeeey”. Watch out Jim, her sarcastic backtalk looks dangerous!”) but in the meanwhile I welcome everyone’s thoughts.
Was it more about the box fort, or the bentching, or the friends who were there?
Was the novelty the real hook, experiencing a familiar moment in unfamiliar surroundings?
If we set up a box fort in the synagogue parking lot, would it be one of those “feels insincere if you try to re-create it” moments? Is there an essence we can capture out of this?
What do you think?