Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Bo- 3 plagues 3 projects!

Since we have been in the swing of perasha projects, my girls are very enthusiastic. From the time we finish Shabbat lunch, they start asking if they can learn next week's portion. It is heartwarming and a little frustrating because it is hard to stay two steps ahead. Now we do a small project on Motzei Shabbat and a larger one on Sunday, when I have had time to think of a project.

Motzei Shabbat: Paroh hardened his heart. We compared this phrase to the euphemism 'changed his mind'.  "It is because your heart is like, all of you. Because it is for love, so if it hardens, love cannot come out!" Ruti explained.
Shrinky-dink hearts!



Project 2: Cohava did color mixing with the girls, in an attempt to show darkness (the plague) and the power of black (color). I don't think her plan worked the way she wanted.

Project 3- The Real One! Matza: food of slavery or freedom
Discussions on whether Matza is a sign of Jewish slavery or freedom can be seen on most Torah websites near Pesach. Simply, it is both. It was the food of our slavery, which we took proud ownership of in our freedom.
Does Matza taste of freedom? Tova thinks so. Matza pizza (without sauce) is her daily lunch request. Two of my kids dislike matza. One is neutral. If we are going to take ownership of it, we should be thrilled with matza and revel in eating it.
So we did!
I got the recipe for Matza Crack here.
 Debate if matza tastes like slavery or freedom.
 mix margarine and brown sugar.
 bring to a low boil
 spread toffee on matza (stop licking fingers!)
 spread more
 bake until bubbly
 add chocolate
spread more.

Refrigerate until firm.

Try not to eat it all! Matza taste like freedom and heaven and heath bars...

Plagued by Vaera

Last week I did lots of Perasha but did not have time to write about it. I will leave the photos here and hopefully have time to write about it later. In the meantime, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Shemot- Girl Power!

As I began teaching perasha, Ruti got excited and announced Pesach was near. The confusion regarding the story of Pesach versus Pesach is not unusual. Because the next few perashot are taught well at that time, I decided to focus elsewhere.
We did begin construction on Pitom and Ramses, enjoying the mortar.

 Paroh was bossy!

We reviewed the story of baby Moshe. Then we changed focus.

"Moshe saved all of the Jewish people, right?" I began.
"Right! He was the best!"
"Totally," I agreed. "Who saved Moshe?"
Then we worked through the fact that Moshe would have been nothing if he had not been saved by Yocheved,Shifra & Puah, Miriam, Batya, ans Tziporah. Many women were responsible for Moshe's early life. Each woman showed great, unique strength.
Our girl power project at home involved making silhouettes and writing things about our individual strengths.

With the 3rd grade girls, I covered the same theme, with a different project.
The girls placed tongue depressors in a pot of boiling water and then we discussed the power of women. For most of the girls, this was a eye-opening topic.
Then we retrieved the wet sticks and gently bent them, fitting them inside of cups. Some girls did not have the ability/agility/patience to complete the task, but most did.

 Leave the cups overnight to dry. Remove. Paint. Pretty bracelet.
Aaron turned his wooden stick into a snake, with Hashem's help. We turned our sticks into bracelets.

The persaha ends:

22Each woman shall borrow from her neighbor and from the dweller in her house silver and gold objects and garments, and you shall put [them] on your sons and on your daughters, and you shall empty out Egypt." כבוְשָׁאֲלָה אִשָּׁה מִשְּׁכֶנְתָּהּ וּמִגָּרַת בֵּיתָהּ כְּלֵי כֶסֶף וּכְלֵי זָהָב וּשְׂמָלֹת וְשַׂמְתֶּם עַל בְּנֵיכֶם וְעַל בְּנֹתֵיכֶם וְנִצַּלְתֶּם אֶת מִצְרָיִם:

We always get the jewelry!