Our friends at G-dcast offer up this great video about Abraham’s Tent. This video can start a great conversation about heroes, leaders and God.
In this week’s parsha, Parshat Lech Lecha, God promises to make Abraham into a great nation:
“And He brought him outside, and said, Look now toward the skies, and count the stars, if you are able to count them; and he said to him, So shall your seed be.” (Genesis 15:5) Kids love stars and they love glitter so any project involving the two would be great for this week’s parsha. I have always wanted to make a “snow globe” so I decided to use this as a chance to make a “star globe” instead!
This week’s parsha, Parshat Lech Lecha, is all about journeys. God commands Abram to “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you” and “Up, walk about the land, through its length and its breadth, for I give it to you.” Abram obediently follows God’s command and begins to walk – step by step – through the sands of the desert to reach his ultimate goal and destination. Since it is still the beginning of the school year, this is a great opportunity to ask your kids where they would like to reach or what they would accomplish by the end of the year and what “steps” they will have to take to get there.
A perfect soup for a chilly day. It’s hearty and filling (and really easy to make)!
It’s the first rainy day in a long time, and all I feel like doing is making soup and maybe some of these super easy super yummy croutons.
Looking for a way to keep your “little hands” busy before Simchat Torah or Shabbat? Ask your kids to make these “Torah Scrolls.” The “covers” can be decorated with sparkles or stickers. Better yet, your kids can turn these Torah treats into place-card holders – ask them to write each guest’s name on the outside, and maybe a sweet message on the inside.
To me the holiday of Succot is all about appreciation. According to our Sages, eating in a Sukkah for 8 days demonstrates our faith in God and His benevolence. We show God that we are willing to leave the security of our homes and live under his protection. We let God know that we appreciate all He has done for us to sustain us everyday.
25 hours may never seem so long! Juggling kids, prayer, and perhaps some self-reflection is pretty close to impossible. Here are some of our tried and true tips to surviving Yom Kippur. Please add your own tips below: