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In this week’s Parsha, Parshat VaYichi, Jacob blesses his grandsons before he dies. Part of his blessing includes this passage: “The Angel who has redeemed me from all harm, bless the lads. In them may my name be recalled, and the names of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they become teeming multitudes upon the earth.”

This section, known as “Hamalach” in Hebrew is traditionally sung at bedtime along with the Shema. Creating a pillowcase with the words of “Hamalach” will enhance this beautiful bedtime ritual.                                                                                



White cotton pillowcase

Puffy paints of fabric markers

Transfer paper

Hebrew font

Inkjet Printer




  1. Print the words of “Hamalach” onto the transfer paper. Iron the words onto the pillowcase following package directions.
  2. Add color and designs using paints or markers. (Alternative: Tie-dye!)
  3. SLEEP! Layla Tov!




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