Thursday, 30 August 2012

Some things don't mix--- Parasha Ki Tetzei

Parashat Ki Tetzei has some lovely lessons for children... and some very inappropriate ones. Starting with the eshet yifat toar (the laws of ravaging a female captive of war) and followed by the ben sorer (the execution of a rebellious child) the list of inappropriate ones is pretty high.  

But there are some good ones. The second aliyah discusses hashavat aveyda, the importance of returning lost articles. This is always an interesting topic to discuss with children because you end up knowing who lost what at school over the past month.

The third aliyah commands people to put a guard rail around their fence, so that people do not fall off.  
"But no one goes on our roof to fall off," Cohava noted.
"That is true. We don't have a flat roof that people would go on. But where do we have a fence to keep people safe?"
"The pool!" Gabi yelled.

Next the aliyah describes things which don't mix. Plants should not be joined. It is forbidden to wear Shatnez, a garment which combines linen  and wool. Then comes another fashion rule. Men wear men's clothes. Women wear women's clothes. My girls thought it was funny that this is a mitzvah. 
"Why would Abba wear a dress? Maybe Purim but that is silly!" Gabi remarked.

When Cohava was in Kindergarten, it was reported to me that she was bullying a child and made her cry. That wasn't her usual nature so I queried it.
"She called Sarah a boy," the teacher explained.
"Why would you call her a boy?" I asked Cohava.
"She is wearing pants and a shirt with buttons. That makes her a boy," Cohava explained simply. I still don't know if she was being a bully or if her 3 year old logic was sound.

This mitzvah is the one we choice to celebrate in our project of the week (it was certainly easier than installing a roof fence). 

With some old dresses and puff paint, the girls went wild, making their clothes, unique to them. I want them to appreciate and enjoy wearing dresses. If I had a son, the mention of tzitzit in the next pasuk would be his project.

Shabbat Shalom!

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