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Thursday, October 3, 2013


Shifra was excited; she was skipping and hopping,
Her mother promised her that she could go shopping.
She looked at the “green” and “yellow” dresses on her floor,
She thought about the clothing, she’d find in the store.
She thought that “purple” boots would make a great “pair”,
Or the “orange” and “red” ribbons she'd buy for her hair.
Her mother told her she could buy one thing, maybe two,
She wasn't happy with that answer and she felt a little “blue”

She thought she would go to “seven” different stores,
Her favorite one was the one with “three floors”.
As they left the house, it started “pouring” nonstop,
Her mom wanted to wait a bit before they went to shop.
They went to her “violet” room and you know what they found,
There were lots of different clothing lying around.
Her mother suggested that she look through her piles,
And choose which she wanted from all the different styles.
And the rest of the clothes she should give away,
To the local gemach, which she passes each day.
Shifra looked in her room and just got quite dizzy,
The “mess” on the floor would keep her quite busy.
What does this have to do with the parsha: here’s my clue
I’ve put the parsha-related words in quotes for you.

In this week’s Parsha,  Hashem  tells Noach and his family to go into the teiva and to take with him seven pairs of each kind of kosher animal.  In this game you will find your pair. Before Shabbat write down on pieces of paper, names of different pairs. Each paper should have his own name.  For example: Esther and Mordechai, Adam and Chava, Moshe and Aharon, etc…  Give each person a headband to put on their forehead.  Then go around the Shabbat table and put a name in each band.  No one will be able to see who he received, but will be able to see everyone elses.  Every person will ask questions about his person.  He has to try to guess who he is.  At the same time he has to find his pair.  So for example, if someone is Adam, he will ask, am I a boy, am I in the Torah, etc…  See who can find his pair the fastest.

What better cake to make for Parshat Noach then a “Mabul” (marble) cake.  You will be flooded with compliments…
What You Need:
Marble cake recipe (see below)
Plastic toy animals or animal cookies
Graham crackers
Marble Cake:     
  • 9 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 pkts. Vanilla sugar
  • 1 gl. Oil
  • 3 ½ gl. Flour
  • 1 ½ gl. Orange juice
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 bars of chocolate, melted
Beat egg whites. Add sugars. Add yolks and oil. Add juice, alternating with flour and baking powder. Pour 2/3 of mixture into a loaf pan and a 7x11 inch pan, pour on melted chocolate, and pour on remaining batter. Swirl chocolate in batter with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
When cool, put the loaf cake on top of the bigger cake.  Add the graham crackers as the roof.  You can add another graham cracker as the ramp going up to the teiva.  Place pairs of animals going into the teiva.  Use your imagination!
                Enjoy!  Have a great Shabbat!
 Answer to Parsha Puzzle: The colors of the rainbow, pair for the animals that went into the teiva, pouring rain for the flood, seven kosher animals, 3 floors of the teiva, a big mess, just like the world was when the mabul came down.

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