I first heard about Birthright’s new initiative about a month ago. Called Next Shabbat, Taglit-Birthright Israel is sponsoring their alumni to host Shabbat dinners.
The idea is that after returning from Israel, all of these young Jews are excited about Judaism but don’t have a means of showing the excitement. Well, giving away free meals with other Jews sounds like a good way to start.
The deal is freakin’ sweet. They offer to pay for you to have Shabbat dinner, for up to 16 people at $25 a plate.
25 x 16 = 400
$400 for a Shabbat meal! My apartment hosted one of these dinners this past Shabbat. We had lots and lots of food. But I started thinking about the different options you could do with $400 of food.
Cholent Special: Imagine $400 worth of Cholent. It smells bad just thinking about it.
Vegetarian: Let’s be honest. You’re wasting your money.
Hot Dog Eating Contest: 16 people eating $25 worth of hot dogs each. Nothing spicens up Shabbat like a little competition.
Pork/Ham: Stick it to the man.
The College Girl Special: Salad and Vodka.
I guess you can always do your run of the mill roasted chicken too. That’s kinda boring though. If you are offered free money, try to be irresponsible with it.
Pronounced: shuh-BAHT or shah-BAHT, Origin: Hebrew, the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.