25 April 2017

Yom Hashoah 2017

Israel remembers the victims of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah – a Memorial Day that falls on April 24 this year. All Israelis will once again stop in their tracks and remain silent for a minute to remember the ones they lost to human hatred and violence during World War II.
Yom haShoah in a drawing with a child eye

Yom HaShoah Siren 2017 
We rose from train tracks of destruction to train tracks forging our future.

09 April 2017

Eliyahu's Cup for Passover

After the conclusion of the Seder’s Grace After Meals, there is a universally accepted custom to pour a cup of wine (the “Cup of Eliyahu”), open the front door of the home, and recite several verses wherein we beseech G‑d to pour His wrath upon our persecutors and oppressors.
According to tradition, at this moment our homes are graced by the presence of Eliyahu HaNavì (Elijah the prophet).
Eliyahu's Cup for Passover
DIY colorful string Eliyahu's Cup for Passover

Elijah’s cup is an important part of Passover Seder. Every year, Elijah the Prophet is invited to the Seder meal. A place is set at the table for Elijah, and we pour a cup of wine in his honor. 
We thought it would be nice to create a beautiful, crafty wine goblet for Elijah, a craft that children can participate in wrapping the colorful string. While little fingers help you can tell  the story of Eliyahu!
The supplies you will need are:
• natural jute or cotton string in several colors(choose the tones you like the most)
• a paint brush
• an inexpensive wine glass or goblet 

• white craft glue or Mod Podge.
• scissors

If you are not familiar with the custom of Eliyahu, the post above from Chabad.org will help to explain the tradition.
To learn more about the Jewish holiday of Passover, click here.

Glasses and goblets.

07 April 2017

Ten Plagues Passover Centerpiece 2

G.d has promised Moshè that he would demonstrate his power to convince Pharaoh; but at the same time, he would be convincing the Hebrews to follow his path. First, G.d would "harden the heart" of the Pharaoh, making him adamantly against the Hebrews' leaving. Then he would produce a series of plagues whose escalating severity culminated with the death of every firstborn Egyptian male.

Ten Plagues Passover Centerpiece Kit
Ten Plagues in a jar
I want to show you quickly the Passover Centerpiece for your table. 
It will be a long night tonight and a most important part of tonight is to engage the children. That’s why we do all those different things during the Seder. The entire Seder is framed around this concept of engaging and answering to the children, so as to teach them the story of our nation’s Exodus from Egypt (and it’s significance in our lives today!).
In the spirit of engaging the children and getting them excited about the Seder, we created this fun Passover centerpiece kit. 

You can recreate the same thing on your table. We used whatever vases we had and filled them up with “plagues”.

The Plagues
Death of the firstborn

We hunted our local stores and Amazon for supplies. But, really overall, your creativity in doing this isthe best part.

Farm animals
Wild animals

Kids friendly Passover centerpiece kit

The Seder plate is the focal point of the proceedings on the first (two) night(s) of Passover. Whether it is an ornate silver dish or a humble napkin, it bears the ceremonial foods around which the Seder is based: matzah, the zeroa (shankbone), egg, bitter herbs, charoset paste and karpas vegetable.
Kids friendly Passover centerpiece kit

Wooden Seder Styled Plagues and Matzot Decorative Holder
Handmade wooden table with Seder cerimonial foods, decorative matzot jewish signs and the ten plagues.

Though many Passover hosts and hostesses feel enslaved by intense holiday preparations, here's how you can create a nice and kids friendly Passover centerpieces with ease.
When the Passover table is crammed with wine bottles, glasses, seder plates and boxes of matzo, finding the right centerpiece can be tricky.
If you want to add flowers think about using topiaries because they provide height without obstructing the view, they do not die so you can start with white roses in the arrangement for the seders and switch to lemons or strawberries for the end of the holiday.
For large tables, scattering clusters of flowers in bud vases add color without the bulkiness (or expense!) of a formal arrangement.
Opt for vibrant colored tablecloths with patterned textures and choose simple flowers within variations of two colors that contrast with the tablecloth. As long as the flowers are in the color scheme, inexpensive ones will do the trick.

Look for some disposable plastic plates Passover Seder dishes, ideal for children for Passover if you're in a hurry and want to decor your table on a budget.


Pesach Lamb Needle Felting kit for beginner

The Shabbat which precedes Passover is called Shabbat haGadol, the Great Sabbath, for many and varied reasons, as we shall explain below.
There are also many special customs associated with this Shabbat. It was in Egypt that Israel celebrated the very first Shabbat Ha-Gadol on the tenth of Nissan, five days before their redemption. On that day, the Children of Israel were given their first commandment which applied only to that Shabbat, but not to future generations: On the tenth day of this month [Nissan]... each man should take a lamb for the household, a lamb for each home (Exodus 12:3).
This mitzvah of preparing a lamb for the Passover offering four days before it was to be brought, applied only to that first Passover in Egypt, and the Torah does not tell us that we must continue to do so before every future Passover. Nevertheless, the people continued to do this to make sure that their lambs had no blemishes which would preclude their being sacrificed.

Sheep Needle Felting Kit (Easy Beginner)
A simple do it yourself needle felt starter kit for anyone new to wool felting.

Craft your own fun and fuzzy sheep décor with this diy needle felting kit! No previous wool felting, sewing, knitting, or crocheting experience/skills are necessary to create this sweet little sheep, making this needle felt kit ideal for crafting beginners. This delightful diy craft kit allows you to make one cute ‘n’ curly white sheep. Your finished sheep will measure approximately 4×4 inches, depending on how firmly it is felted, and the project will take around three hours to complete if you are a felting newbie.
The wool for this adorable needle felted sheep is collected from specialty bred sheep raised on Alps farm.

All our needle felting kits are packaged in a  resealable plastic bags making them the perfect gift for any Passover crafter enthusiast! Why not create your own Jacob's flock of these endearing sheep to add a touch of country charm to your home?
The beginner sheep craft kit goes with  :
white wool
white curly wool
black wool for the mouth and eyes
two felting needles
felting cushion

Felting needles, beginner or expert.

Passover (Door with Blood ), Pesach ornament idea

All entryways were daubed with blood. The people of Israel were about to be birthed into a new people, a free people, no longer slaves of others. It would be a long infancy – once birth was assured.
Exodus tells of Blood on the doors
"They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. (...) It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Passover (Door with Blood ), Pesach ornament idea.
Handmade small wood door with felt blood on jambs.

Shabbat Hagadol
The Shabbat which precedes Passover is called Shabbat haGadol, the Great Sabbath, for many and varied reason

The Torah commanded them to take their lambs and tie them to the bedpost. When they did so, their Egyptian neighbors saw this and asked:
"What is the lamb for?"
The Children of Israel answered: "It is to be slaughtered as a Passover sacrifice as G‑d has commanded us."

If don't have time to search for a reclaimed piece of wood and work on it, look for unfinished pieces of wood doors . Then paint it and apply felt as blood.

Little Moshè Felting kit for beginner

When the Book of Exodus begins, the Jews were living in Egypt and after time Moshè came to life...
"Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman,  and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.  But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.  His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him."

Little Moshè Felting Kit (Easy Beginner)
A simple do it yourself needle felt starter kit for anyone new to wool felting. 
Craft your own fun and fuzzy lottleMoshè décor with this diy  felting kit! No previous wool felting, sewing, knitting, or crocheting experience/skills are necessary to create this sweet little Moshè, making this felt kit ideal for crafting beginners. This delightful diy craft kit allows you to make two different colour cute littlwe Moshè. 
The wool for this adorable felted Moshè is collected from specialty bred sheep raised on Alps farm.

All our  felting kits are packaged in a  resealable plastic bags making them the perfect gift for any Passover crafter enthusiast! Why not create your own many coloured Moshè  to add a touch of warm charm to your home?
The beginner Little Moshè craft kit goes with :
light blue/green wool felt
two felted wool ball curly wool
brow/beige wool felt for cradles
two  needles
sewing thread

You can buy felt pieces

06 April 2017

3D Crossing the Sea Kit

The Crossing of the Red Sea (Hebrew: קריעת ים סוף Kriat Yam Suph) is part of the biblical narrative of the escape of the Israelites, led by Moshè, from the pursuing Egyptians in the Book of Exodus 13:17-14:29. 
Moshè held out his staff and the Red Sea was parted by G.d. The Israelites walked on the exposed ground and crossed the sea, followed by the Egyptian army. Moshè again moved his staff once the Israelites had crossed and the sea closed again, drowning the whole Egyptian army.

 3D Crossing the Red Sea in a frame Kit
3D representation of the parting of the Red Sea into a wood frame. Handmade.
All the kit comes inside a wood frame, Egypt picture, the sea walls, felt waves and laminated standing caracters.

Prince og Egypt (Dreamworks)

If you want to see all the movie, you can find it on dvd

28 February 2017

Purim costumes

Purim is almost here, one of the most fun times of the year for Jewish families (it starts the evening of March 11 and ends the evening of March 12). Your kids get to dress up, eat a lot of candy, and help you assemble mishloach manot (Purim gift basket) to give to your friends and family. 
In contrast to the overt miracles of the holidays of Passover, Chanukah and other Jewish holidays, the miracle of the holiday of Purim was disguised in natural events. Here is a sampling of the story: The king wanted his wife to come to a party; she did not want to, and she was killed. Then an evil man wanted the Jews dead and plotted to accomplish this with the approval of the king. The king remarried, and his new queen happened to be Jewish, and arranged for the decree to be countered. Only after the fact, when one looks at the entire story, does one realize the great miracle that transpired.
The custom of wearing costumes on Purim is an allusion to the nature of the Purim miracle, where the details of the story are really miracles hidden within natural events.2

No costume yet? No problem! Here is a quick and easy idea: 

check it out below our indian chief homemade costume

I also rounded up some Purim costumes on the cheap that you can easily order online (because you’re busy and not made of money). Check them out below: 

1. Moses
2. Pharaon mask
3. Pharaon costume for kids
4. Queen Esther/Vashti crown
5. Mordechai kid costume

and some Purim paraphernalia , some silly Purim stuff that your entire family will get a kick out of. I mean, who doesn’t want Purim cookie cutter?.
6. Purim dolls, $18.99 at Amazon.
7. Foam Purim Masks Set of 3, $11.34 at Amazon.
8. Purim Cookie Cutters, $5.99 at Amazon.
9. Purim Knock Out Haman Pen, $4.49 at Amazon.

Stay tuned for our Purim books recommendations.

19 February 2017

Shivat Haminim easy mobile

The Seven Species (Shivat Haminim in Hebrew) are the seven types of fruits and grains named in the Torah  as the main produce of the land of Israel. In ancient times these foods were staples of the Israelite diet. They were also important in the ancient Jewish religion because one of the Temple tithes derived from these seven foods. The tithe was called the bikkurim, which meant "first fruits."
Today the seven species are still important agricultural items in modern Israel but they no longer dominate the produce of the country as they once did. On the holiday of Tu B'Shvat it has become traditional for Jews to eat from the seven species
Shivat Haminim rustic mobile. Laminated hand painted cards hanging from a natural branch.

Trees illustrated cards

Collection of illustrated cards with different kind of trees. Prints, natural paper, laminated.
Pear, peach, birch, chestnut, olive, laurel, hazel, pine, pomegranate, apple, maple, walnut, pear, magnolia, almond, oak, willow.

12 February 2017

Felt trees panel - Happy trees

3D trees panel made with felt , wood and true sticks.

Tu B'Shevat tree decoration

Why do trees celebrate their New Year so much later than ours? It has to do with the rainy season in Israel, which commences with the festival of Sukkot. It takes four months for the rains to saturate the soil, nurture the trees and coax them into producing fruit. This is important to know if you are planning to give your tithes of fruits, as is done in the Land of Israel, because the required tithes vary from year to year. It’s also important if you are a tree and looking for something to celebrate.

The wool-wrapped copper branches and felt leaves on the textured wooden bases of our delicate saplings evoke foliage with colors in burgundy, brown, and dark honey and grey. Bendable copper  in branches and leaves allows for graceful shaping of natural forms. Available in two heights. Mounted on solid wood blocks.
Tu B'Shevat Customs .

10 February 2017

Tress themed homedecorations

The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, celebrated this year on Saturday, February 11, 2017,is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
We mark the 15th of Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day we remember that “man is a tree of the field”
 It takes approximately four months for the rains of the new year to saturate the soil and trees, and produce fruit

08 February 2017

Shabbath Shirà

Shabbat of Song
This week's Torah reading contains the "song at the sea" sung by the Children of Israel upon their deliverance from the Egyptians, when the Red Sea split to allow them to pass and then drowned their pursuers. Hence this Shabbat is designated as Shabbat Shirah, "Shabbat of song."
Our sages tell us that the birds in the sky joined our ancestors in their singing; for this reason it is customary to put out food for the birds for this Shabbat (to avoid the possibility of transgressing the laws of Shabbat, the food should be put out before Shabbat).

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