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New Chanuka App: My Menorah

With Chanuka nearly here, chances are you have loaded up on all the gifts you are going to need this holiday season. Let me add one more to your baskets: My Menorah app, a new Chanuka app from the folks who brought us Whack-A-Haman and Shabbat Interactive. Jewish Interactive has created a new free Chanuka app for children ages 3-5 years old.

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Mini Donuts

These mini donuts make the perfect party treat!

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Personal Parsha: Miketz. The Butler

In this week’s parsha, the butler, 2 years after his release from jail, finally remembers to tell Pharaoh about Joseph. After no one succeeds in interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, the butler tells him about Joseph who interpreted his and the baker’s dreams successfully.

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Torah Treats: Miketz

In this week’s Torah reading, Pharaoh is haunted by mysterious dreams.

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TEN: Miketz

Yosef begins this week’s Torah reading in prison and ends as the second in command of all of Egypt. It seems he’s been busy.

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Parsha Craft: Miketz. Fat and Skinny Cows.

In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Miketz, Pharoah dreams of seven fat cows eating seven skinny cows. Ask your kids to tell you one of their weird dreams and ask them what they think it might mean. Then, go on to tell them Pharoah’s dream and Yosef’s interpretation. Kids will learn about shapes and tracing doing this project.

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No Fry Latkes

A lighter version of a Chanukah favorite.

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The Perfect Latke Recipe

The year we discovered this recipe, I made latkes every single night of Chanukah.

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Personal Parsha: VaYeishev. Yehuda

In this week’s parsha, Yehuda, brother #4, tries to stop his brothers from leaving Yosef to rot in a pit. After the brothers had followed Reuven’s idea and thrown Yosef into a pit, Yehuda sees merchants traveling by and says (Chapter 37, verse 26) that they should sell Yosef to these traveling salesmen and make some money. “Why kill him?” Maybe that’s too extreme, after all…

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Torah Treats: VaYeishev

In this week’s Parsha, Yaakov bestows his son Yosef with the wondrous striped coat. As the story goes, this gift caused an immense amount of jealousy between Yosef’s other brothers — so much so, that at the end of this story, Yaakov’s other sons sell Yosef into slavery. For our Torah Treat this week, we will be making our own coat of many colors. But don’t worry — let’s plan to make enough so that everyone has one, no one gets jealous, and we all live happily ever after.

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