About the Parsha
In VaYechi, Yaakov (Jacob) summons his children to him before he dies. He gives blessings to each of his sons and to two of his grandsons (Ephraim and Menashe). These blessings include poetic as well as mundane references to each of their qualities and deeds. Many traditional symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel are extrapolated from these blessings.
About the Dessert
This representation of the twelve tribes is made on a chocolate cake (recipe here) covered with chocolate ganache (recipe here).
The “stained glass” is made with melted chocolate as follows:
Print a page with the picture of the windows. Put a piece of parchment paper on top of the picture.
Melt dark chocolate chips and put in a piping bag or a baggie with a small corner snipped off.
With the chocolate, trace the outline (including all the inner lines) of each picture. Let these outlines harden.
Melt white chocolate chips and put in a piping bag or a baggie with a small corner snipped off.
Fill in the white sections of each “window.”
Use special chocolate food coloring to color the melted white chocolate. Fill in each colored section with different colored melted chocolate in separate piping bags.
When they harden, turned them over and pipe each name using melted dark chocolate.