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Parshas Acharei Mos

This week is dedicated especially Le'iluy Nishmas my uncle that passed away recently Shneur Zalman ben Yitzchak HaKohen.

and for my other uncle that is very sick Refua Sheleima Dovid Yehoshua ben Leba Malka


May Hashem watch over all of Klal Yisrael and protect us!

Another great Parsha with many ideas for your Parsha Party. REMINDER - THIS IS A SPRINGBOARD OF IDEAS. YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE IDEA OR A FEW. AND HAVE THE KIDS GUESS THE CONNECTIONS.







Parsha Overview (Feel free to skip straight to the Party below - simply click the arrow next to this text and the overview will disappear

Acharei Mos

Acharei Mos begins with the reminder that Aharon’s sons died because they had entered the innermost chamber of the Mishkan without permission and that nobody should enter except Aharon or the Kohen Gadol once a year on Yom Kippur.

When the Kohen Gadol enters, he only wears the 4 main garments – not all 8.

One of the main services that the Kohen Gadol performs on Yom Kippur is with 2 goats. He picks a lottery for them. On one paper he writes “For Hashem” and the other he writes “La’Azazel”. The one for Hashem is brought as a Karban Chatas. The second goat is for Azazel is sent alive to the Midbar. First the Kohen Gadol leans his hands on it and confesses for all the types of sins and rebellions of the nation. Then he sends the goat with a designated person to bring it to the Midbar.

The Kohen Gadol goes into the Mishkan alone and brings the Ketores and nobody else can go inside until he is done with this atonement for the nation.

The Kohen Gadol changes many times between his regular eight garments and his four plain special service garments. After each Yom Kippur, he never wears those same pair of service clothing again. The Kohen Gadol also immerses in water several times throughout the day of Yom Kippur.

The mitzvah of the day of Yom Kippur is mentioned here as the 10th day of the 7th month.

Several Mitzvos are listed here in the Parsha.

  • Ø The nation is warned not to bring Karbanos anywhere outside of the Mishkan or Bais Hamikdosh or they will get Kares (cut off from Hashem).

  • Ø One may not consume blood or he will get Kares (cut off from Hashem) because the Nefesh (soul) is in the blood and it is meant for bringing kappara - atonement.

  • Ø If the blood of a kosher animal is shed it needs to be covered.

  • Ø If one ate from the blood and flesh of a Nevela – a dead carcass or a Teraifa – torn animal that was kosher he needs to immerse in a mikvah and if he doesn’t he will carry this sin with him because he cannot enter the Mishkan.

  • Ø Hashem commands not to follow the ways of the Goyim, particularly the ways of Mitzrayim and of Canaan.

  • Ø He commands us to make sure to follow and keep all the laws of the Torah, those with reasons we understand, and those with reasons we don’t understand.

  • Ø The torah lists many marriage relationships that are forbidden – particularly with close relatives.

  • Ø The prohibition against the Avodah Zarah practice of the Molech is mentioned here as well.

  • Ø The people are warned that they should not act in the disgusting ways that people in the land have previously acted with. Men should not marry men and people should not marry animals. These things are disgusting and the land will vomit them out if they do these things.


(Adapted partially from Chabad.org, and The Pesukim and Rashi)



And now for the fun part

PARSHA PARTY


SNACKS LISTED FIRST SO YOU CAN TRY AND GUESS TOO!


  • Marshmallows and white candies

  • Twozies Candies and Double Bubble

  • Dunkees and Aqua chews

  • Lasso string and Laffy Taffy Rope

  • Red Powerade / Red Candies

  • Fire Blaster

  • Animal crackers

  • Choco NoNos


THE PARSHA PARTY ANSWER LIST!


Marshmallows and white candies – Kohen Gadol wears 4 white linen garments in the Yom Kippur service

Twozies Candies and Double Bubble – 2 Goats are taken to atone the Jewish People. One for Hashem and One for Azazel

Dunkees and Aqua chews – The Kohen (and others) must immerse in water

Lasso string and Laffy Taffy Rope – The Kohen Gadol goes in alone to do the Yom Kippur service. They must tie a rope on his foot to pull him out in case he dies.

Red Powerade / Red Candies – Blood is forbidden to eat

Fire Blaster - Molech fire

Animal crackers – Goats, Karbanos can’t be outside of Mishkan (Thanks MCC for the idea!), Can’t eat animal that is Traifa (torn) or Nevaila (Animal that died)

Choco NoNos – There are a lot of marriages that are NOT allowed to happen in the Parsha




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  • Zechus for all the soldiers on the front lines in Israel to stay safe and succeed!

  • Zechus for the hostages to be returned safely and the wounded and grieving to recover from the terrible tragedy that occurred on Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah.

  • Le'iluy Nishmas the soldiers lost in battle and all the Kedoshim lost on 10.7.23

  • Zechus Refuah Sheleima: Miriam bas Chana

  • Le'iluy Nishmas: Gittel a"h bas Shraga Meir Hakohen

  • Le'iluy Nishmas Tziporah Chana a"h bas Yaakov Avraham Eliyahu

  • Le'iluy Nishmas Eliyahu zt"l ben R' Chaim Yitzchak and Raizel a"h bas R' Dovid Mordechai

  • Le'iluy Nishmas Moshe ben Dovid

  • Le'iluy Nishmas Meir Naftoli ben Tzvi Halevi



 






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