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Thursday, May 12, 2016


In this week’s Parshas Emor, It talks about the Yamim tovim.
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, And the Shalosh regalim.
Pesach we were taken from slavery,
On the 15th of Nissan we were set free.
We read the Haggada as everyone awaits,
We have matzah and marror and can’t eat Chometz.
Then we count seven weeks, until Matan Torah,
Where Bnei Yisrael all answered “Naaseh Venishma”.
From Pesach to Shavuot we count 49 days,
And we try very hard to mend in our ways.
Rosh Hashana on the first of Tishrei,
We ask Hashem for a good year, we beg and we pray.
We hear the shofar very loud and so clear,
That we should have an amazing good year.
Yom Kippur we daven and ask Hashem to forgive,
To seal the sefarim and give us health, let us live.
Then comes Succot, the chag we all love,
With our Succa, hadasim, aravot, etrog and lulav.
On Shabbat we can’t do 2 things that on Yom tov we could,
If you know these 2 answers, you’re really quite good!

This week’s Parshas Emor talks about all the different chagim.
Here is a fun yom tov game that you could play.  Prepare slips of paper before Shabbat with all different kinds of items that are related to the Yomim tovim.  Place it in a box and pass it around the table.  Each person picks out one slip and acts out what is on their paper.
Here are some examples:
Har Sinai
No leather shoes etc…

You can have another envelope with dates of Yomim tovim and everyone has to guess which Yom tov it is.  This is a great review and fun to play.

This week’s Parsha talks about the Yomim tovim and the Shetei Halechem.  What better Shabbat to make delicious Challot to share with your family.  When my family first started making something related to the Parsha, we used Challot.  It was fun for everyone to guess how it was related to the parsha.  However, as the challa was rising many times the shapes of the items were changed.  One time I made  a lulav and Etrog for Succot, and when one of the guests guessed that  the lulav was a duck’s leg I decided it was time to make Parsha cakes instead….  Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Challa:

9 cups room temp whole wheat flour 
  1 egg
1 heaping cup honey
heaping 1/2 cup oil with 1 t vanilla mixed in
package of yeast
1 3/4 C warm water

dissolve the  yeast in the warm water--add about a teaspoon of sugar to the yeast to help it proof. Meanwhile place the other ingredients in the mixer. Add yeast/water. Mix. Add a little more flour if necessary. Let rise for 2-3 hours, braid, let rise for another 20-30 minutes, brush with egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake.

Regular Challa  
 6 cups flour    
1.25 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 t salt
1/2 cups  oil
1 t vanilla
1 cup warm water
1 package of yeast

Same general instructions as the whole wheat but it needs to rise longer. You also need to play with the consistency of the dough by adding more flour/water; it should be as soft as possible but not sticky.

Answer to playing with the parsha:   ( On Yom tov you are allowed to cook and carry without an eiruv)
 Have a wonderful Shabbat!  Ruchie

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