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This week’s parsha food is a NO BRAINER! Breisheet makes it easy for us by painting such vivid stories for us that they often already include recipes, or at least food mentions. This week Esav trades his birthright to his brother, Yaakov, for some red lentil soup (See Genesis 25:29-34). It seems that Red Lentil Soup can be very persuasive.

On the menu for this week: Red Red Lentil Soup – the Heartiest Red Red Lentil Soup that Esav Would Have Traded More Than Just His Firstborn Rights For (I am open to suggestions for alternate names for this recipe!)

I’m serving mine on Shabbat lunch, and therefore will be preparing mine in a crock-pot. Make sure you switch your crock-pot to “low” setting before Shabbat and add enough liquid so your soup doesn’t burn.


▪ 2 onions, chopped
▪ 2 cloves garlic, minced
▪ 8 c water
▪ 1.5 cups red lentils
▪ 1/2 cup mixed beans
▪ 1/2 cup chickpeas
▪ 2 tomatoes, diced
▪ 1/2 cup diced carrots
▪ 1/2 cup chopped celery
▪ fresh cilantro, chopped
▪ ground cumin (season generously!)
▪ 1 tablespoon olive oil
▪ other spices to taste (salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne pepper, curry, ginger, etc)

Add all the ingredients into your crock-pot. You may want to use an immersion blender to puree (prior to Shabbat) some of the soup, it will thicken and improve the overall consistency.


Elisheva Kupferman lives in Jerusalem and loves Torah, Shabbat and friends. She entertains them with her famous Torah-themed shabbat meals. When she is not entertaining, she works for at Makom, an innovative educational think tank. Read more of Elisheva’s ideas at