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Shmot / Exodus

  • Do we Still have Choices if the Choices are Made for Us?

    Torah Tetzaveh / תצוה : SHMOT (EXODUS) Exodus  27:20-30:10 (link to the text on Sepharia) Reading through Parashat Tetzaveh brought to my mind two things issues that frequently occupy my thoughts:  The push-pull relationship we have with G-d, and how to know what G-d wants from us. My very favorite part of the Torah comes…

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  • Question for the Community: Have Jelly Bellies changed?

    Back when my children were little and I created the “Shabbos Stash” concept, I used jelly beans all of the time, and always Jelly Bellies. I could get them in a large container at Costco (I had a whole class, so it was worth it). They were kosher, cheap, came in all sorts of colors,…

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  • Ark of the Covenant (Shabbos Stash)

    Please see the Nature’s Nosh for most of the instructions. This week, in this link I am only including adjustments for the use of only Shabbos Stash ingredients. To make a cherub solely out of marshmallows (remembering to dip your scissors into powdered sugar in between each snip!), cut a “wing” off of each flat…

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  • Creating a Mikdash for Hashem

    Torah Trumah / תרומה : SHMOT (EXODUS) 25:1-27:19 (link to the text How is it possible to notice something new about something one has seen, heard, sung, or said literally thousands of times?  Maybe it is just because I have become really interested of late in Shorashim (root words) and how they are connected, but…

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  • The Ark of the Covenant (Nature’s Nosh)

    Torah Trumah / תרומה : SHMOT (EXODUS) 25:1-27:19 (link to the text on Sepharia) Exodus 25:10: “Make an ark of acacia wood…. 11: “Coat it with pure gold within and without, and around it make a garland of pure gold. 12: “Make four gold rings for the four corners, two on one side, and two…

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  • Helping your Enemy with his Fallen Donkey (Nature’s Nosh)

    Torah Link to the text on Sepharia: Exodus 23:5: “When you see the donkey of your enemy unable to stand due to its load, … you have to help him, even if you do not want to do so.” (loose translation) (Who knows? Maybe you’ll make a friend! Either way, we do what is right…

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  • Every Person has a Godly Soul

    Torah  Mishpatim / משפטים : SHMOT (EXODUS) 21:1-24:18 (all links to citations will take you to the text on Sepharia.org) While preparing for this week’s ParshaNosher post, I was particularly struck by the beauty of the language of Exodus 23:12 , which reads: “Six days you will do the things that you do[i]/       ששת…

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  • Eagle (Nature’s Nosh)

    Yitro / יתרו : Shmot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Exodus 19:5: “You saw what I did to the Egyptians; I carried you on the wings of eagles, and brought you to me.” Ingredients: Tools: Instructions: 2. Take two more apricots. Either slit through the entire side, or make individual slits where you want to add slivered almond…

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  • Celery Locust

    Bo / Nature’s Nosh Well… we were iced in when I was preparing this week’s parsha, so the photo shown does not reflect the envisioned final project. However, believe me…putting this little celery guy on a pretzel rod adds quite a bit, both to the visualization and the snack! Ingredients: Tool: Instructions: 2. Choose one…

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  • Shmot / Va’Eira Shabbos Stash: Moses and Aaron approach Pharaoh.

    Aaron, to show proof of the message comes from G-d, follows G-d’s instructions and throws down his staff, which turns into a snake. Pharaoh’s magicians show they can do the same. But even when Aaron’s snake eats theirs, Pharaoh refuses to let us go to the desert to worship G-d. The 10 plagues follow… Though…

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