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!
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!
Today I came upon a website whose mission is to post "A Picture a Day" of the history of Israel. They have blog posts with photographs taken from the Library of Congress where you can get a better understanding of the land and its inhabitants over the last 150 years or more. The photos I have posted here were some that I appreciated, as they are of Zionist girl farmers from the 1920s.
When embarking on each post, I feel like I am sitting around with my Jewish grandfather hearing his own personal accounts of Jewish life. The stories are not about wars, buildings, farms, and places of worship, but of the people who brought the breath of life into them.
I hope you will enjoy this site. Maybe you could use it for homeschooling! Here is the link: http://www.israeldailypicture.com/
Plus, on the site you can subscribe for free and you will be emailed the latest picture of the day in Israel's history.
Oddly, most of the photographs furnished to the Library of Congress came from a Christian sect who dwelt in Jerusalem in the "American Colony," living there between 1881 and the 1940s. (From what I gathered from some of the postings on who the photographers were...)
Here girls are picking almonds in Rishon Lezion (circa 1920)
(Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html)
Sukkot is almost here! Just wanted to let you in on this little item that the Melissa and Doug toy company has if you weren't already aware. Too cute! Google "Melissa and Doug Sukkot Puzzle" and find an online retailer! If you'd like a link to one (and they have Melissa and Doug's Purim, Yom Kippur, etc. puzzles too) here it is: http://www.gkworld.com/product/CI315/Wooden-Jewish-Holiday-Puzzle---Sukkot.html or you can click here: http://www.jewishstore.net/category/Toys:Age-Range:2-to-4-Years/
At The PJ Library, you can be involved in a Jewish reading enrichment program where the organization will mail you free, high quality Jewish children's literature and music on a monthly basis to families in North America. They have many local chapters, and enrollment is for children ages 6 months to 8 years old. The books are children's stories tied to the feasts as well as charity and volunteerism. Wonderful selections, as I have read many of the selections myself!
It's really easy to enroll. Go to this link: http://www.pjlibrary.org/parents-and-families/enrollment.aspx And find your local chapter's enrollment page. It's quick, simple and best of all...Painless!
If you would like to support this program, visit http://www.pjlibrary.org/donors-and-funders/donate-to-pj-library.aspx and help bless children growing up to honor Yahweh's words.
Ok, my mother-in-law came today to teach the kids the story of the tongues of fire when the Holy Spirit was poured out on Shavuot. Just to keep the kids quiet, she brought strawberries to keep their attention while she spoke. Which, after a few minutes and the lightbulb flashing on in my head, I thought of a quick but cute dessert for the big feast this weekend!
Ok, here's what you do. Go to Elana's Pantry website and make this coconut cream frosting: http://www.elanaspantry.com/coconut-cream-frosting/
Then, take some orange juice (for coloring the frosting orange). If you are pressed for time I guess you could use orange food coloring, but the first suggestion is the healthiest alternative.
Now that you have your icing, put it on some healthy cupcakes. If you need a recipe, click here: http://www.egglesscooking.com/2009/06/08/low-fat-vegan-cupcakes/ Just replace the brown sugar with stevia and it should be fine! Taste test it, if need be.
Afterwards, cut the green tops off of some strawberries and make several slices starting from the bottom of the strawberry almost to the top. Finally, place the strawberries, bottom side up in the frosting and then squeeze some frosting in between the slices to make it look like fire. And if you don't wanna bake, then just use the icing and the strawberries...Super simple, memorable, and healthy! Have fun with it!
(Photo courtesy of http://happyheartsmom.typepad.com/sweetness_and_light/2009/05/dont-miss-the-lovely-pentecost-cupcakes-at-catholic-cuisine-today-these-are-so-easy-and-beautiful-mary-always-has-the-best.html)
I was surfing around the internet today and saw that a mother celebrating Pentacost made a salad inspired by the fruits of the Spirit. Wouldn't that be catchy for a Shavuot Feast?
Simply pick nine of these fruits: tangerines, apples, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, and raisins then combine altogether for a salad with heavenly wit thrown in to blend the ingredients well!
More Shavuot/Pentacost recipes to come!