In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Shmini, we learn about which animals, fish and birds are considered kosher. For a fish to be kosher, it requires fins and scales. This adorable craft brings a kosher fish to your Shabbat table.
In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Beshalach (read on Shabbat Shira – the Shabbat of Song), Miriam, the sister of Moses, leads the women of Israel in song after crossing the Sea of Reeds. As it says in the Torah, “Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women came out after her with timbrels and with dances.” This is a great opportunity to sing and dance with our kids and recreate the splitting of the sea.
In this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Bo, we read about the last three plagues inflicted upon the Egyptians – locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn. Discuss why darkness would be considered a plague. What are the consequences of darkness on an individual and on a society? Kids loved to be blindfolded to experience darkness. In this craft, we use a fun and easy technique to represent this plague.
We’re putting Baby Moshe on the Nile River in this week’s Parsha craft!
In this week’s Parsha, Parshat Vayigash, Joseph dramatically reveals his true identity to his brothers.Until this point, the brothers did not recognize him because – according to the Midrash – he dressed in elaborate Egyptian clothes.
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.
Like Parshat Noach and rainbows, this week’s Parsha, Parshat VaYeishev, has lots of craft possibilities because of the mentioning of the multi-colored coat that Yaakov bestows upon his beloved son Yosef.
In the beginning of this week’s Torah reading, the man/angel that Yaakov wrestles with informs him “Your name will no longer be Yaakov, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” This project illuminates the meaning of the Hebrew names in your family.
In this week’s parsha, Parshat Chayei Sarah, Abraham’s servant finds a wife for Isaac at the typical Biblical pick-up spot, the water well. Rebecca is chosen because of the kindness and generosity she displays in offering water to the servant and his camels.
In the beginning of this week’s Torah reading, Parshat Vayera, three men (aka angels) appear at Abraham’s tent. Abraham immediately runs to greet them, bow to them, and feed them.