The guys are at it again...and KILLED IT! Relevant (with the upcoming film release of Disney's "Lion King" remake), Six13 has a knack for aligning themselves just right with the current wave of interest in all things cultural. Well done, guys! Especially when you allude to the movie scenes and parody "Hakuna Matata." Gals, check it out and add it to this year's Passover playlist:
Wowsers was this fun tonight!
Obviously, we didn't wait until Passover to get on this yummy seder, because, well....LOOK AT THAT PLATE! A few weeks ago I had registered to attend a chocolate seder event hosted by PJ Library of South Palm Beach County. I was SO looking forward to the event and how our seder plate would be dazzled with chocolate!
But what happened, as is the Murphy's Law of Motherhood? Not one, but all FIVE of my children got sick and we couldn't go. Total bummer.
However, don't forget who we serve and He certainly loves me enough to not have me miss all the fun. Thankfully, a dear friend of mine attended the seder, took pictures of everything that took place, including the Chocolate Haggadah. Score!
She sent it to me earlier this afternoon. Guess when I hosted our mini chocolate seder? You guessed it...right after dinner. LOL. Anyone who knows me personally would fully understand this.
I had a blast finding items for the plate. Our plate looked a tad bit different than the haggadah outlined, only due to a lack of tootsie rolls in our area. We went to several stores, and apparently in our new town, they don't have the same affinity for them as our own family does as well as PJ Library! But we adjusted, and pictured above you can see all the goodies we had: Twizzler Peelz and Nerd Rope (For the taskmaster's whips instead of the Tootsie Roll Shankbone), a Cadbury Creme Egg (omit if you don't want to do it of course), Lindt's 90% Cocoa bar (the looks on my family's face confirmed it's bitterness...could've been horseradish from what I witnessed!), a chocolate covered strawberry, Andes Candy, a Brownie Brittle (both Organic and NON-GMO...like it matters lol), and chocolate syrup.
I'd totally add some milk and do chocolate milk. For those of us in the house who don't eat sugar, we had plenty of sweet alternatives that we incorporated instead. Have fun with it...it's CHOCOLATE OF COURSE!!!
Below is the PJ Library & PJ Our Way Seder Plate Guide. I hope you all have a fantastic time with this one:
With the upcoming holy days arriving with the waxing moon crescent, we have added a new recipe to our list of healthy treats. Personally, I have been using these candies as a little reward for attentive ears during Torah readings. Especially when listening in Hebrew! And I handsomely reward myself as well, naturally...::slyly grinning::
If you have not read how the Day of Atonement went during the times when the Temple stood, please read it this year! The Temple Institute has a wonderful, in-depth look into each part of the service on that day. I especially appreciated the sukkot the priest could stop at if necessary during the leading of the scapegoat into the desert. I am thankful no priest was reported breaking the fast! Just seeing the provision there was enough to keep them determined to carry out their mitzvah!
May our studies help us learn more and more about the nature of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Yeshua, the High Priest of the order of Melchizedek.
"where Yeshua has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq."
Since He is our High Priest, it's a great thing to search out what that job looked like here!
Check out the carrying out of Day of Atonement according to the Temple Institute here: Yom Kippur Service.
(Photo courtesy of The Temple Institute.)
FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY I am getting a jumpstart on my Hebrew studies. I am super excited (I warn you in advance). So, I decided I better share what I've come across since it has taken me a long while to get a grip on learning the language. If I can do it as a single mom with FIVE babies six years and younger, then you can too! The one thing you can't replicate though, is my live teacher at synagogue who helped bring all of this into greater clarity. Sorry! But I encourage you to find someone who knows the language to help you if you can. It's time for all of us to learn more about Yeshua...our Aleph Tav!
Ok, first app...PocketTorah is an application that will provide the user the ability to learn the weekly Torah and Haftarah portion anywhere, at any time, on any mobile device or computer for free. Since there are seven aliyah portions per weekly torah portion, the kids and I listen to the daily portion each day of the week. "Rise and shine, it's Torah time!" It is great for homeschooling, as we play a game where the kids have to count how many times they hear certain Hebrew words (and on Shabbat during synagogue they are rewarded with a Burts Bees Honey Drop if they give me the correct count during the Torah readings) which is building their vocabulary. We take those words and use them for their Hebrew copywork. This program is fantastic! Visit this link to download: PocketTorah. Visually, I am becoming familiar with what certain words look like as well. Can we say "sight words," all you teachers out there? Then of course, we read the portion in English and use this next app to further our Hebrew study...
This is a free app that is a user friendly Strong's Concordance! I use it to read aloud our current portion in English, and find it handy to click on the highlighted blue words that pique my interest in the portion for deeper learning. VERY handy. Honestly, I feel like the floodgates are opening with a downpour of YHVH's Holy Language these days.
Here is the link for the lite version: Strong's Concordance Lite. It is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
But if you are looking for a fast way to memorize the Aleph Bet (I learned all the letters in about 20 minutes, if that), you HAVE to check out this next cute app...
I don't know why (considering it's NOT an integral part of the app at all) but the cute little owl on this app is all the motivation I need to stay focused. There are two modes for this app (you'll see what I mean when you download it): Study Mode and Test Mode. Review the letters in Study Mode then switch to Test Mode and see how you do! You will get a grade at the end of the test. Don't worry, you can retake the test until you get an A+! Just remember that the font is slightly different from the actual Torah but you'll adjust. Here is the link for this app: Hebrew Alphabet Study Buddy. (Yes, I am aware it is Aleph Bet, but that's how they named it.) And then, as I found out in my synagogue's Hebrew class in clearer terms....we have...(drumroll please)
Our Aleph Bet with Vowel Points! If you click on the Options button you can select which vowel types (ie. Patach Deck or Shva Deck) you want to review with the flash cards. It will verbally say the proper pronunciation of each letter/vowel combination. Practice makes perfect! (I like the Western Wall in the background too. ::smiles::) So here is the link so you can catch the Aleph Beis buzz: Aleph Beis Cards. This one's compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
And homeschooling wouldn't be complete without a few fun Hebrew learning apps for kids! Check this one out...
I can personally say, my kids, my kids' friends, and I all love this app! Boy is it humbling as an adult to have to learn to write all over again. (I want to duck in my Hebrew class as I'm taking notes and cover my paper! lol) But this app is fun, using a touch interface so you actually draw the letters with your fingers. And you have a selection of colors to choose from as well. This is a great app to get the kids (and adults, if applicable) excited to get their Scripture copywork done! Their reward but my plot to mold young minds for Yah's glory. Download here: Young Letters Hebrew
And for years now I have checked out the Pimsleur Institute's Hebrew DVDs for children (of course...for my babies' enjoyment...ehem...ok ok...well, mine too I confess). Well, Little Pim Panda has an app for improving Hebrew vocabulary! It is a talking coloring book. Each page has a different word then the child colors the picture. What will they come up with next?! Here is the Little Pim Talking Coloring Book link. I hope you love it too!
Well that's all folks! Those are my favorites...please list yours in the Comments section if you have any others for us to post. Enjoy your studies!
Today in our home we started our study of the fourth planet from the Sun (or Shemesh in Hebrew) known to the ancients as "Adom." We hear it commonly referred to by the pagan deity name of Mars. "Adom" in Hebrew means "blood" which depicts the color of the planet's surface. It is the planet that you can do a lot of fun, hands-on projects about with its properties and scientific exploration! I have compiled a list for you to quickly access for a great unit study on this part of Yah's creation:
First, NASA hosts a series of resources to explore in order to get better acquainted with this amazing planet: NASA's Exploration Program. This includes up-and-coming events regarding the latest missions to our neighbor in the solar system, activities for students and kids (including packing for your own space mission), as well as resources for teachers to use with educational standards included.
Also, below you can click on the link to a complete teacher guide (which has 128 pages of cool projects and links to point you in the right direction) that NASA released to aid you in your homeschooling quest to the blood planet: NASA Adom Teaching Activities
Then, you can actually view Adom in Google Earth 5.0. This YouTube video will help you do it:
And finally, here is a .gif file to use to make your own worksheet. You could even do an art project by painting the surface of Adom.
My children really enjoyed packing for the space mission. The child really needs to contemplate what to pack when traveling to this planet. (The impact of certain items with the gravity difference as well as the practicality of other items in space made them consider the different environments of our planet and Adom.)
Enjoy this unit study. You could even watch a fun film (like Mars Needs Moms) to top off your educational experience to this red hot planet!
I am thrilled to post this new discovery I made regarding green foods. I have posted in the past about the Boutenko family, who advocate raw foods and have triumphed many of today's grave illnesses, including Type 1 Diabetes (which I personally still struggle with myself). Sergei, the Boutenko son who was cured from juvenile diabetes, is now doing a series of YouTube videos to educate the public on green foods, specifically wild edibles to incorporate into your diet. Please watch and educate yourself, as we have no clue what food will be available as conditions worsen around the globe. I am posting the first video in a four part series, but check out all videos from BoutenkoFilms for the latest information for your health.
For a while now I have wanted to learn more about wild edibles, but it is kind of tough to snap your fingers and think you have any clue about plant identification. This video is the beginning of a wave of knowledge that will help us viewers embrace this art of classification and be able to apply it to our own encounters with Yah's creation.
And finally, a note to homeschoolers: this is another chance to bring nutrition, botany, and health science into your curriculum. I plan to use this information for emergency preparedness purposes for my family, as well as offer my children the cutting edge information on the science of a raw food lifestyle. Happy viewing and healthy eating!
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!
This week I'm going to teach the kids about the Sun, or Shemesh in Hebrew, as it is the center of our solar system and has numerous Scriptures tied to it. Firstly, here is a fabulous link for educational resources/ideas for teaching your children about Shemesh: http://www.teacherplanet.com/resource/sun.php
Lots of cool science experiments and such. And for my little ones, I found this arts and crafts sheet that I figured would help them enjoy learning about this super star. (Pictured below and can be found at this link: http://www.speakaboos.com/worksheet/arts-and-crafts/sun-plates)
You can also put the Hebraic name onto the craft as well for reinforcement. Or the smiley face. Or both. Who would dare choose?!
Also, please do not forget that signs of the end times include the fact that the "Sun/Shemesh will be darkened." So you may want to include solar eclipses into your unit study. Here is the variations of Joel 3:15 and several cross references to the darkening of Shemesh (the Sun): http://bible.cc/joel/3-15.htm
What I love doing is learning about the physical properties of an object/concept then trying to ascertain the spiritual truth to the creation. Could be a fun and enlightening creative writing project!
That's all for now. Happy learning, ladies!
Ok, most of you know this planet by its pagan name, but as I am beginning to bite the bullet and study biblical astronomy, I am seeing this planet in a whole new light. To the rest of the world, it's called Saturn, but I want to give it the Father's glory and have us start using its historical Hebraic name: Sabbatei. In Hebrew, as most of you already know, Sabbatei means "resting." This is the planet of rest in the night sky. I am learning this from a famous book you can read online called "Mazzaroth" by Frances Rolleston. In this book the author exposes the ancient Hebraic understandings of the constellations as well as the planets. There is a lot of information to absorb, especially with prophetic understanding into the constellations. Click on the above link to read it at your own pace. Very enlightening! I've decided to incorporate her book into our homeschool curriculum, which I am building myself since there isn't a resource of this nature already available. Here are some worksheets I developed after pulling from children's websites about the planets, but then stripping the pagan names from the information and reasserting the original names our Creator intended from them. But feel free to develop your own for personal use, as homeschooling is made to be customized! Hope you can use this resource, as we know the heavens declare the glory of YHVH!
For the second page worksheet, I went to a handwriting creator and had the word "Sabbatei" printed at the top, in case you were wondering why it is blank for half the page. (I can't get my scanner to work at the moment. Ha. Don't you just love modern technology.)
And here is a link that will help you view Sabbatei in our night sky this year: Sabbatei viewing
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.