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In Parshat Pinchas, we meet the five daughters of Tzelafchad: Machlah, No’ah, Chaglah, Milkah and Tirtzah. When Tzelafchad dies, these daughters petition Moshe to grant them their father’s inheritance since he had no sons.

Their request is ultimately rewarded and they become models of initiative and wisdom. My daughters are pretty much obsessed with any kind of dress up dolls so this was a good opportunity to make five Daughters of Tzelfchad paper dolls.


Materials Needed:


1)    Paper

2)    Scissors

3)    Glue

4)    Crayons or markers

5)    Optional: Fabric scraps for clothing, yarn for hair, googly eyes, etc.




1. Fold a piece of paper like a fan or accordion.

2. Draw the design of a figure on the top panel. Make sure the design touches both sides of the paper.

3. Cut out the doll pattern.

4. Decorate each doll with markers, or glue on ribbon, yarn, and fabric for hair and clothes.

5. On the back of each doll, write one of the names of the daughters so that you can practice learning their names.


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 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