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“If a woman conceives and gives birth to a male, she will be unclean for seven days. . . And on the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” (Leviticus 12:2-3)

Questions: What does the circumcision of a baby have to do with the ritual purity of its mother? And why are these numbers so important? Seven days? Eight days? Can you think of other series of numbers in our lives that are important? What is the significance of the number seven? Of the number eight?

Ideas: Add an eighth layer to your seven-layer salad, or seven layer cake! Put out items of food in multiples of seven or eight: cookies, pretzels, veggies – talk about the number of items at your table and why they are there in that way. Food that needs to marinate is also great – cook something up that needs to marinate for seven or eight days – you can do this even with your kids – then spend the week waiting for it to be ready – talk about what it feels like to have to wait, and what the value is in this.

Silhouette of summer garden BBQ isolated against fire

Recipe for Eight Day Brisket here

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“If a man has a raised area, a scab, or a spot on the skin of his flesh, and it forms a lesion of leprosy on his skin, he shall be brought to Aaron the High Priest, or to one of his sons, the priests.” (Leviticus 13:2)

Questions: Why does the Bible devote so much attention to describing a skin condition in such vivid detail? What is it about leprosy that makes it worthy of such attention? What did leprosy punish?

Ideas: Make “spotted” or “tongue” cookies, or anything wrapped up in puff pastry dough, in a tortilla-type wrap or even sushi which is wrapped in seaweed! (Lepers often wrapped themselves with many bandages.) See how long everyone at your table can go without speaking about someone else.

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