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My first parasha was Parshat T’tzaveh (ti-tzah-veh).  I got to write a D’var Torah about it, and make an activity.  Here is my summary:

(This was in Hebrew, but I am translating it to English.)

In Parashat T’tzaveh, G-d commanded B’nei Yisrael to bring olive oil fir the lighting of the Menorah-for the Ner Tamid.  In our synagogues the Ner Tamid is above the Ark.  Also in Parashat T’tzaveh G-d commands that Aaron and his sons had to were special clothes, clothes for Cohanim.  The Cohanim, Nadav, Itamar, Avihu, and Elazar, had to wear pants, shirts, hats, belts, and not wear shoes.  Cohen Ha-Gadol, Aaron, had to wear the same clothes as his son, and a breast plate to wear on his heart. On the breast plate are twelve stones, and on the stones are the names of the tribes of Israel.  In the Parasha books that Fourth Grade has, Sharona asks: Why does G-d command Aaron to wear the breast plate on his heart?  Rashi’s answer to that question is: Aaron was happy when Moses became the leader for B’nei Yisreal.  Aaron wasn’t jealous of him, so he got a prize: to wear the breast plate on his heart.  My answer is: G-d commanded Aaron to wear the breast plate on his heart because Aaron had a good heart.  When people saw it on his heart, they would know that he is an important person.  This the only Parasha in the Torah that Moses’ name and voice aren’t heard or mentioned.  I have a lot of life lessons, but I will only say one.  My life lesson is to pursue peace, because Aaron pursued peace.  My activity is art.  You will be in two teams, team Nadav and Itamar and team Avihu and Elazar.  You have to make a Ner Tamid because B’nei Yisrael had to make a Ner Tamid.  You have to use teamwork.  On team Nadav and Itamar are: Ariel, Anna, Alisa, Nadav, Elizabeth, Aleeya, Mason, Moe, Julia, Nahila, Isa, and Sage.  On team Avihu and Elazar: Saylor, Courtney, Eva, Josh, Danny, Moti, Isaac, Daisy, Rose, Ben, Jack, Abigail, and Samantha.  Take your time!  I will be judging on creativity, not speed.

Here is my D’var Torah in Hebrew:

My activity was art, the two teams, Team Avihu and Elazar and Team Nadav and Itamar, had to mak a Ner Tamid.  The Ner Tamid hangs over the Ark in our synagogues.  They materials that they could use were: poster board, markers, glue, scratch paper, tape, and tissue paper.  They had to write their team name on it.  My helpers, Allie B and Ava J, and I judged both teams by creativity.  We thought that Team Nadav and Itamar was very creative by making a a chain that goes off the page with tissue paper.  We thought that Team Avihu and Elazar had a good idea on the design on their Ner Tamid, the breast plate that Aaron had to wear on his chest, and a great big fire that was coming off the page.  Team Avihu and Elazar won the contest, but in the end, everyone received a sweet treat as a prize.  Everyone said that they loved my game, and gave me a lot of positive feedback, which made me happy.  I am very exited to do my next parasha.

 

Stay tuned for my next parsha, Vayikra!!!!

 

My second Parsha was Parshat Vayikra (vah-yeek-ra). I has to write a D’var Torah on it, and make an activity. Here is my summary:
(This was in Hebrew, but I am translating it to English. In my video it is in Hebrew.)

In Parshat Vayikra, G-d commands the Israelites to bring offerings.  There are many different offerings.  The offerings are: קרבן עולה קרבן חטאת קרבן מנחה קרבן אשם קרבן שלמים.  G-d said that if a person wants to bring a present to him, they can bring קרבן עולה.  G-d said that if you want to bring an offering to him, but doesn’t have enough money to buy an animal, can bring קרבן מנחה.  G-d said that a person that wants to say thank you to him, can bring קרבן שלמים.  G-d said that if a person hurts somebody on accident, they bring קרבן חטאת.  G-d said that if a person hurts somebody on purpose, they have to bring קרבן אשם.  My life lesson is that learning about the sacrifices teaches us that when we pray we are still giving a sacrifice.  Instead of sacrificing animals or our property, we are sacrificing our time, and time is our most valuable possession.

Here is my D’var Torah in Hebrew:

For my activity you had to make a skit on one of the offerings. The offerings are: saying thank you to G-d, saying sorry for doing something on accident, saying sorry for doing something on purpose, saying thank you to G-d but not being able to bring cattle so bringing doves or crops, and saying thank you to G-d (again). Since there are two offerings for saying thank you to G-d, we decided to use just one. We had four groups, and all of the skits were VERY funny.


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