As I prepare for the upcoming feast month, which I am sooo excitedly anticipating, I came across this video and HAD to share it! It has a lot of information for those who are not familiar with Sukkot yet, but also a ton of deeper information for those of us who have celebrated this feast for a while now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Yet another wonderful congregation out in LA that is shaking things up in the world one Jew and Gentile at a time! Now, I am not on the same page with everything about this ministry (ie. using the Hillel calendar to observe the Feasts of YHVH or calling men "rabbi") but there is still a lot to glean from this ministry and the messages. I ESPECIALLY love the Esther Ball they host each year. What an extravagant affair! The point is, though, to use the talents the Father has given us to manifest a major outpouring in all things for Him. So check them out: Fusion Global. Have fun and be inspired!
This was completely accidental stumbling upon this cool idea for this year's Sukkot festivities. I saw this ad on TV for these "Doodle Domes" and thought this could be a really fun way to get the kids ready for Sukkot! Every year (when we didn't camp out with a congregation) we decorate sukkahs indoors in the bedrooms with twinkle lights and everything. That way they have both an indoor and outdoor retreat throughout the holy days.
This year I ordered these doodle domes and figured not only would it be a fun and memorable way to get Sukkot on a child's level, but also provide a spiritual lesson as well. When you enter the dome, it's completely black, right? So what are we to be?! The light that glows in the darkness. You can take this application as far as the Father leads you. You could do different Scripture verses in the tents (they disappear regularly) or climb inside and tell a Biblical message with the use of glowing pictures! Totally awesome, in my opinion.
If you are going to order these tents for this year's Sukkot, you'd need to get going since the processing time can take up to 4 weeks. The smaller tents (that fit one child at a time) are $30 each and the two person tent is $53 per superdome with shipping included. Click here to visit the site and get more information: Glow Crazy Sukkahs. (By the way, I JUST discovered that Walmart is carrying these domes as well.) Happy Holy Days!
UPDATE: While standing in line to pay at one store I was at today, there were packs of glow bands you could buy before hitting the register. I decided to pick up some packs of the bracelets to add to my "Glow in the Darkness" theme for Sukkot that is slowly developing (as the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit leads). I also had a few packs of camping stickers that I was planning on the kids using to decorate their own Sukkot cards this year. (We tend to craft homemade cards every year of some sort.)
When I got to the register, the nice lady commented on my items and remarked that I must be a scout leader or something. I said, "Well, yes I am, but actually, these are for a really cool holiday coming up where we camp out for 7-10 days each year." She thought that was neat so she started giving me some extra suggestions for awesome glow activities. She learned on Pinterest that you can crack open the thick glow sticks and add it to bubbles for a glow in the dark bubble blast! And also, which my girls will totally love, she told me that you can take those same thick glow sticks and put the liquid in clear nail polish to mix. You'll have glow in the dark nails in no time! Obviously these are not mandated in the Scriptures, but I've found that little activities like these bring the experience of the holy days onto my childrens' level. Even I can't wait to try it out! I'm adding another link with more suggestions for glow activities in case you'd like them: Bright Ideas for a Glow Party. Hope your Sukkot is amazing this year!
Now that the high holy days are over for a bit, I love this season where Shabbat becomes the focus of our celebrations. I encourage you to pour tons of fun into your weekly worship/rest times because we are COMMANDED to party every week. What an amazing Creator! Here is a short but high energy video to get your blood pumping in preparation of our weekly holy day. So party on and please post your favorite Shabbat activities. I wanna know: how do you get your Sabbath groove on?
PJ Library has a convenient list of age-appropriate books for children about Shavuot. This one, called "No Rules for Michael" by Sylvia Rouss, looks rather thought provoking for little ones. I'd like to include this in my yearly readings for this feast. If you aren't signed up for PJ Library, I would really encourage you to check it out. If not, the list can help point you in the right direction at your local library. Happy reading!
Shavuot Reading List
Wow...I just have to share this site I stumbled upon which has lots of Shavuot activities to do with your family! I have viewed many a site scouring suggestions for this feast, but these ideas are my absolute favorites. From hosting a camp-out (to relive the Israelites at the base of Mt. Sinai) to a recipe for a Shavuot cake that has one search out the Scriptures to find clues to the mystery ingredients, I think there is a lot of heart in the experiences your family can share together. So click below to find out more and please post of your family's fun times! Great job, Sarah Chandler on this post!
Kid-Friendly Shavuot Activities
I know Shavuot is almost here and Sefirat HaOmer (Counting the Omer) has almost concluded, but I JUST stumbled upon this worksheet on Chabad's website that you can use for your little ones to complete. Simply click and print, gals! Easy peasy...If it doesn't come in handy this year, at least you can come back to it next year, Yah willing!
Today my kiddos and I watched this video and had to replay it because it got us in such a groove! Bust a move this Shavuot! Hope you have a wonderful Holy Day weekend!
Okay, many apologies for posting this article so far after the feast day, but hopefully you can use this suggestion for your holy day next year! Our Pesach/Passover was a blast this year. We camped out on the floor, but I was determined to get an idea the Father planted in my head to actually come to fruition for our momentous occasion. I had an idea for these adorable custom Passover pillows that'd be easy to make but look quite sophisticated (call me the Messianic Martha Stewart-ha). At this point in time I did not know how to sew with a sewing machine (I since learned just because I was tired of being ignorant-yay) so this project does NOT require advanced skills like sewing to make!
Totally amusing. Please enjoy, smile, and get those cupboards clean for Pesach next week!
Meredith Welborn is a mother of five beautiful children who has gradually integrated the Torah into her family's life as YHVH directs her. Her heart's desire is to create a forum for women to grow in the goodness of the Torah, Yah's holy instruction manual.