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Torah Learning through Tasty Fun!

Snack ideas children can make themselves, even on Shabbat,* taken from the weekly parsha. Use as an opening to a lesson, or as an end in itself!

Jelly Bean Calendar

Leviticus 23:4These are the times that G-d decreed to be holy, as you will call them, in their appointed times.ד  אֵלֶּה מוֹעֲדֵי יְהוָה, מִקְרָאֵי קֹדֶשׁ, אֲשֶׁר-תִּקְרְאוּ אֹתָם, בְּמוֹעֲדָם.
23:5On the fourteenth day of the first month, between the quarters [in the afternoon, there will be a Passover [offering] for G-d.ה  בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָרִאשׁוֹן, בְּאַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר לַחֹדֶשׁ–בֵּין הָעַרְבָּיִם:  פֶּסַח, לַיהוָה.
23:6And on the fifteenth day of this month, will be the holiday of matzot (unleavened bread).  You will eat unleavened bread for seven days.ו  וּבַחֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר יוֹם לַחֹדֶשׁ הַזֶּה, חַג הַמַּצּוֹת לַיהוָה:  שִׁבְעַת יָמִים, מַצּוֹת תֹּאכֵלוּ.
23:24… on the seventh month, on the first da of the month, will be a Shabbaton, a day of remembrance and truah (blowing of the horn), an occurrence of holiness…כד  …  בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ, יִהְיֶה לָכֶם שַׁבָּתוֹן–זִכְרוֹן תְּרוּעָה, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ. …
23:27… but the tenth day of the seventh month will be a day of atonement, which will be designated as holy to you, and you will torment your souls…כז  אַךְ בֶּעָשׂוֹר לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי הַזֶּה יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים הוּא, מִקְרָא-קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם, וְעִנִּיתֶם, אֶת-נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם…
23:28…and all that which is Melacha you will not do on this day, because it is a day of atonement, to atone on our behalf, before Adonai your G-d.כח  וְכָל-מְלָאכָה לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ, בְּעֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה:  כִּי יוֹם כִּפֻּרִים, הוּא, לְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם. …
23:34… On the fifteenth day of the seventh month there will be a holiday of booth for seven days, for G-d.לד  …  בַּחֲמִשָּׁה עָשָׂר יוֹם, לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי הַזֶּה, חַג הַסֻּכּוֹת שִׁבְעַת יָמִים, לַיהוָה.

Ingredients as shown:

  • 12 chocolate chips to mark hours
  • 12 jelly beans to mark holidays and days observed. I chose:
    • Pastels for Spring holidays: Pink for Passover, light blue for Shavuot;
    • Traffic signal colors for fall holidays: Green to start with Rosh Hashana, white for Yom Kippur (because it is the traditional color to wear), orange for sukkot, and red to end with Shmini atzeret/simchat torah;
    • Yellow for the newer holidays: Purim, Chanukkah, Tu B’Shvat, and Lag BaOmer; and
    • Black for the fast days: 17th of Tammuz, and 9th of Av
  • 1 small pretzel stick

Tools: None, but I recommend a round plate, or better yet a lazy susan if you have one.

Instructions:

  1. Arrange chocolate chips to form the months of the calendar like a clock.

2. Add symbolic jelly beans for the Torah holidays, as described in the Torah, with Passover being in the middle of the first month, and Shavuot coming 49 days later. The “holidays of truot” (Rosh Hashana), followed by You Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah/Shmini Atzeret follow.

3. Carefully turn the plate, so that the “calendar” now reflects the way we see it, with Rosh Hashana, etc. being at the begininnig.

4. Add the non-biblical holidays: Chanukkah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, and Lag B’Omer

5. Add the fasts commemorating the breaching and destruction of the temples: 17th of Tammuz and 9th of Av.

6. Add a pretzel stick to show where you are in the year! This year, Parashet Emor falls between Rosh Chodesh Iyar and Lag BaOmer!

YOU ARE HERE!

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