Search This Blog

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


The shchina descending in a cloud... (heavenly!)
Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar II!  How about a chocolate cake?  Chazak Chazak Venitchazek!

Chazak, Chazak Venitchazake,
My mother baked a Parsha cake.
What is a Parsha cake you ask?
This sounds like it is a hard task.
It’s not too difficult you’ll see,
It’s fun for your whole family.
Friends and neighbors will be in awe,
It’s something that they never saw.
They’ll ask you when you learned to bake,
You’ll tell them it’s a “piece of cake”.
With activities you'll be able,
To learn Parsha at the Shabbat table.
Every week so much you will learn,
And all your neighbors will return.
Parsha activities are so unique,
You’ll be excited for next week…….


·  The parasha begins with an even more detailed description of the materials that dedicated to build it.

·  The garments of the Kohanim (bigdei Kehuna) are made: first the Ephod and the Choshen, then the shirts, hats, pants, belts and finally the tzitz.

·  When everything is done, the vessels are brought to Moshe. Hashem then commands Moshe to build the Mishkan, put all the vessels in their place and anoint them with the oil of anointment. Moshe finishes putting the Mishkan together on the first day of Nissan, in the second year of yetziat mitzrayim. After the Mishkan is done, the ananei hakavod (Hashem's glory) rest over the Mishkan.  

·        You need a bar of chocolate, knife and forks, a dice, and a bag with items of clothing that the kohen needed to wear. The first person rolls the die followed by each person in turn. When someone rolls a six he then opens the bag of clothing are and starts putting them on. Once he is completely dressed he can then start trying to eat the bar of chocolate, with the knife and fork of course, cutting one square at a time. While this is happening, the next player continues rolling the die until someone else throws a six.  The person who is eating the chocolate has to stop and get undressed while the next person tries to get dressed and start eating the chocolate etc... The game obviously ends once the chocolate has been eaten.

·        Count out and fill a glass jar with gold, silver and copper candy. Each child should try to guess how many candies are in the jar. The child with the closest guess is the winner of the candy.

·        Go around and collect items on a tray. Lay them all out and pass the tray around. Remove the tray and have everyone list what was on tray. The one that lists the most objects is the winner. Discuss how Moshe had to inspect everything in the mishkan and make sure everything was all right.

In this week’s Parsha, Moshe asked the Bnei Yisrael to donate their time, their talents, and materials for the construction of the Mishkan. The Bnei Yisrael responded with a lot of enthusiasm.

Hashem created every one of His children with special talents. Every person is unique. Go around the Shabbat table and have everyone think about one of their talents and how they could help another person.  For example, if someone is musical, have them think about going to an old age home and performing there.

Then everyone should take a turn and say something good that they did for someone this past week.  It could be helping out a friend, your parents etc…

Our family does this activity every Shabbat.  We all try to think of how we could help people all through the week.  You should have as much enthusiasm helping one another as the Bnei Yisrael did!

You cannot plow, reap, gather, knead,
Winnow, grind, sift or plant a seed.
Bad from good you can’t separate,
You cannot bake, so please just wait.
You can’t shear, bleach, comb, spin or dye,
You can’t sew, weave, tie or untie,
Thread a loom, arrange thread, prepare,
Remove material or tear.
Slaughter, skin, salt, smooth- almost done,
We learn all these from the mishkan.
Making ruled lines, cutting or a trap,
There will be so much time to take a nap.
One cannot build, carry or destroy,
Follow Mitzvot, you will have such joy.
Blow out a fire or ignite,
Melachot you should do them right.
You cannot add the final touch,
Can you guess???  You learned so much!!

The Shechinah descended in a cloud:

What you will need:
1.   Chocolate cake
2.   Chocolate cream
3.   Rich’s whip

Use 3 separate bowls.

Chocolate Cake Recipe:
1 cup sugar
1 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup non dairy creamer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup of boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the ingredients together and beat with an electrical mixer.  Pour into a round 8 inch pan.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate cream:
100 grams margarine
¾ cup sugar
6 tbs. cocoa
2 Tbs. oil
1 Tbs. vanilla
Place all these ingredients in a bowl.  Mix in a mixer for about 1 minute.  Put in 2 eggs one at a time.

Rich’s whip:
Use 4 small containers of Rich’s whip or 2 large one.  Pour them into a bowl and mix  in a mixer until it becomes stiff- about 5 minutes.
· Place the cooled chocolate cake on the bottom of a trifle bowl.
·  Spread the chocolate cream on top.
· Whip the Rich’s whip and spread  it on top. 
This resembles the Shechina in a cloud. This is a “heavenly" dessert!

Enjoy!  Have a great Shabbat!
Looking forward to seeing you next week!

No comments:

Post a Comment