Here is a mom that has a heart like mine. This is a resource your preschoolers will love! Her idea is to learn the Torah portions through tactile experiences which help ingrain the truths of the Scriptures into the minds of those participating in the activities.
Welcome to the tOrAh TrEnDy Parsha blog! Here you will find helps for bringing the Torah portion into your home in fun and creative ways. Including crafts, music, cartoons, recipes, and more! The goal is to make studying Torah so amusing which will help us all to retain it better. Shalom!
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Who doesn't love the start of Exodus and learning about the miracle of baby Moses? Well, enjoy one of the several variations of Baby Moses salad to get the family discussing the story! Featured are two sweet salad options as well as a more typical salad option.
Since this week's Torah portion is about the two mountains where the Israelites stood to hear the curses and blessings for disobedience or obedience to Yahweh's commandments, why not make it into a crafty opportunity for a school lesson and interesting Shabbat night centerpiece? Here are a few links to help you get going with it...
Here is a fun way to learn the Song of Miriam and Moses from this week's Torah portion BeShalach! More postings to come with regards to the parting of the Sea of Reeds. This is one of my favorite portions!
Here is a great Torah website that will help you learn to read and sing the Torah portions!
It's called Navigating the Bible II, an online bar/bat mitzvah tutor. Click on the Torah section to see the portion in Hebrew, English, and transliteration. There are also audio links so you can listen to a cantor sing the specified verse! It is a mitzvah to study the Torah so enjoy this resource and may you grow in wisdom as you learn His Instructions!
Visit the site at: http://bible.ort.org/
We all know there are MANY MANY MANY versions of the Scriptures. But this one, done by the Institute for Scripture Research, reclaims the Lord's holy name, through the entire Bible.
It is a literal translation of the Tanakh/Old Testament based upon the Hebrew Masoretic Text, and the Messianic Writings/New Testament based on the Textus Receptus Greek Text, modifications to these being made as appropriate in the light of other vital sources. It restores the use of the Hebrew form of the Name of the Father, and also that of the Son, as well as Hebraic name-forms of persons and places throughout.
This is a fantastic Torah website for children! My idea was to get some puppets (eventually) and make these stories into puppet shows for my kids. You can get as elaborate or simple as you want with these stories. Besides the stories, there are also activity pages after the stories that you can print and have the children color. I love to decorate the table with their coloring projects. My next project is crafting placemats where you can slide their latest Torah portion masterpiece in it for that week's Shabbat! Cool, huh?
We are indeed blessed to have a tree house in our backyard. A very high platform across from our second story deck. So, when trying to come up with a way to bring the curses of Moses and the blessings to the kids, I just had them climb up there and let them be on Mount Gerizim while I stood on Mount Ebal (the deck). We went through most of the blessings and curses, as I yelled them out straight from the Bible. The kids loved this activity too and it helped to make the idea of obedience stick with them. What ideas do you come up with for this portion?
Well, this parsha is where we learn about the first fruit offering. We are blessed to have a lemon tree in our front yard that produced a ton this year (not literally). So, after I pulled off most (but not all so we could leave some for the poor, widow, orphan and foreigner in our midst) of the lemons TENDERLY-due to the many many thorns-I gathered them all and put two buckets on either side of a larger basket in the middle. I had my two older children relay back and forth, the first time dropping one lemon into their bucket for Yahweh, then nine into their collective "Ours" bucket. They ran and ran until they were dragging to finish, so I decided to let them take two then three at a time until done. They each now have their own personal "firstfruits offering." I wanted to try to sell the lemons and save the money to take to Jerusalem, but thus far I have not been able to figure out how to do that (as we were the area where the child made national headlines because she was fined for having a lemonade stand in front of her house). Yes, we have to get a permit just to be able to sell the lemons. Fresh, organic lemons, any takers? lol.
So, before they go bad, we may just try to give that portion to those in need. At least it's a start toward observing the Torah! See what I mean? It's a learning experience and I know in future years we'll get better and better at it.
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.