In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Korach, God commands each tribe to provide a rod and only the tribe chosen to become the priests would miraculously sprout overnight. Only Aaron’s rod, representing the tribe of Levi, “put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds.” (Bamidbar 17:8). Before starting this craft, you can look at photographs of an almond tree and/or of the flower that has become known as “Aaron’s rod.” You can also discuss where else in the Torah staffs perform miraculous deeds (examples: splitting the red sea, turning into snakes).
Two paper towel rolls
Small squares of pink tissue paper
Green and brown foam or felt
1) Cover the entire paper towel roll with duck tape, using extra tape to attach the two rolls.
2) Cut the foam/felt into the shape of leaves and almonds and glue onto the roll.
3) Crumple tissue paper into the shape of small flowers and glue onto the roll.
Emily Shapiro Katz has been a community Jewish educator for over ten years in Jerusalem, Atlanta, and San Francisco. She lives in Beer Sheva with her husband, Andy, and their four children. Her contributions to this website reflect her interest in teaching Tanach, doing craft projects, and entertaining her kids. Emily blogs about her Parsha Projects at http://parshaprojects.blogspot.com/