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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
Moshe is told to tell the Kohanim that they are extra holy and are not allowed to become Tamei – impure, particularly by coming in contact with a dead body. There are a few exceptions, namely direct relatives: wife, mother, father, son, daughter, brother and not yet married sister. Additionally, he may bury a Mes Mitzvah – which is a dead body with nobody else that is able to bury it. However, a wife that is not permitted to marry a Kohen but marries him anyway, he is not allowed to become Tamei for her when she dies.
- Kohen is not allowed to marry a Zonah, a Challalla (someone born from a forbidden marriage), or a Gerusha – divorcee.
A Kohen Gadol, was anointed with the Shemen Hamishcha and has an added level of kedusha. He may not become Tamei even for his mother or father that pass away. He doesn’t grow out his hair long or rip his clothing. He stays doing his service in the Mikdash.
The only dead body he can come in contact with is a Meis Mitzvah if there is nobody else to attend to it.
- A Kohen Gadol may only marry a young girl that was never married before. (A regular Kohen may marry a widow but a Kohen Gadol cannot.)
If he marries someone forbidden to him then his offspring will be Challalim and carry this defilement of Kehuna with the.
- A Kohen with a Mum – blemish may not do the Avodah while his blemish exists. This includes blindness, lameness, a sunken in nose, one with a broken leg or broken arm, overgrown eyebrows, a cataract and other eye conditions, and other bodily deficits. Although he cannot do the Avodah, he is permitted to eat from the special foods that a Kohen may eat.
Hashem tells Moshe to warn the Kohanim that they may not touch any of the Kadshim and Karbanos while they are Tamei or they will get Kares.
They may not eat the Kadosh food until they are purified. They may not eat a Nevela or Terefa animal.
- If someone is not a Kohen, they may not eat from the Kadosh foods (Rashi – referring to Terumah). If someone is hired by a Kohen, he also may not eat from it.
- A person that is owned by a Kohen (he bought him as a slave) or his children may eat his food.
- A Kohen’s daughter that married someone that is not a Kohen, may not eat from the Kadshim. If this daughter does not have children and becomes widowed or divorced, she may return to her father’s house and eat.
- If a man that wasn’t allowed to eats Terumah, he must give the Kohen a food that can become Terumah adding on an additional fifth to it.
- When a person comes to bring a karban to Hashem, the animal must not have a Mum – blemish on it. This includes broken bones, a split eyelid, and many other deficits that make the animal not pleasing to Hashem.
- An animal that is born must remain with its mother for seven days before being brought as a Karban.
- An animal cannot be brought as a Karban on the same day as it’s offspring.
- A Karban Todah should be eaten that day and not left over til the morning.
Hashem reminds the importance to learn the Mitzvos and keep them and not to be Mechallel Shem Shamayim – desecrate Hashem’s name – by not keeping the Mitzvos.
Kiddush Hashem is done through the Jewish People. Hashem brought us out from Mitzrayim.
Yom Tov and Shabbos:
Hashem reminds Moshe that the people need to set aside and keep the days of Yom Tov and Shabbos. (Rashi says that one who desecrates Yom Tov it is like he is desecrating the Shabbos).
- Yisrael, during the time of harvest, you need to take the beginning of the harvest, the Omer, (which is a tenth of an Eiphah measurement) to the Kohen. The Kohen waves the Omer and you bring a Karban with it. You cannot eat from the new crop – the Chadash – until the Omer is brought. You should count from the 2nd day of Yom Tov (Pesach) for seven weeks the counting of the Omer. On the fiftieth day you bring a Karban from the new crop. This day is also a Yom Tov to be celebrated. (Shavuos).
- When you harvest the land, leave the corner of the field and the dropped pieces for the poor people and the strangers to the land.
- On the first day of the 7th month is a Yom Tov to celebrate (Rosh Hashana). It is a day of remembrance through the Shofar.
- On the 10th day of the month is the Holiest day of Yom Kippur, a day of affliction and one must not do work.
- On the 15th day of this month is the Yom Tov of Sukkos. On the 8th day of this Yom Tov is Shemini Atzeres.
- On Sukkos you need to take the Esrog, Lulav, Hadasim, and Aravos and celebrate with them for 7 days. And you need to dwell in Sukkahs for 7 days to remember that you lived in Sukkahs when you were taken out of Mitzrayim.
- The Menorah – they are commanded to take Shemen Zayis Zach – pure olive oil – to continuously kindle the lights.
- Lechem HaPanim on the Shulchan – Take flour and bake into 12 loaves. Set it up as 2 stacks of 6 on the Shulchan. And put alongside it some Levona (frankincense) as a remembrance for the bread. Each Shabbos it should be set up new. It is for the Kohanim to eat and it must be eaten in a holy place.
There was a son born to a Jewish woman named Shlomis Bas Dibri from Shevet Dan. His father was a Mitzri. This son got into a fight with another Jewish person and he went about and cursed – the name of Hashem. The people took this Mekallel – person that cursed – and put him into a holding place until Hashem would tell them what to do. Hashem commanded them to take him out of the camp and anyone that heard him cursing should put their hands on his head and stone him. And warn all the people that anyone that curses --- the name of Hashem will be stoned.
The Parsha ends with punishments for one that kills another person (he must be put to death0 and one that injures others or destroys property (must pay compensation).
(Adapted partially from Chabad.org, and The Pesukim and Rashi)
And now for the fun part
SNACKS LISTED FIRST SO YOU CAN TRY AND GUESS TOO!
Chanukah Gelt with Menorah on it
Fizzy Fruit candies
Mr Chip / Chocolate chip cookies / chocolate chips
Pop MMMs mini cookies
Mazel tov candies
Jolly ranchers / Laffy Taffy
Cry Baby Gum
Rock Candy / chocolate pebbles
Go Go candies
Potato Stacks (Chips)
THE PARSHA PARTY ANSWER LIST!
Heart lollies / Jewel pops - Who the Kohen and Kohen Gadol can Marry
Animal crackers – Animal can’t be brought as a Karban if it has mum.
Peanut Brittle – If a Kohen has a mum and anything is broken he can not do the Avodah
Chocolate Gelt with Menorah on it – The lights of the Menorah are to be made with Shemen Zayis Zach
Fizzy Fruit candies – representing the Yomim Tovim – apples for Rosh Hashana dipped in Honey. Lemons as Esrog for Sukkos
Wafers – The Kohen took the Omer and Waved it around
Mr Chip / Chocolate chip cookies / chocolate chips – If a Kohen has a chipped bone or any mum he can’t do the Avodah (but he can eat from the food)
Pop MMMs mini cookies – the Mekallel got popped and pelted with stones
Yummy bites – the Kadosh food for the Kohanim, they can only eat if not Tamei
Mazel tov candies – Who the Kohen can marry
Gushers – If a relative of a Kohen dies he can only be Tamei for them if immediate relative – wife, mother, father, sister never married, brother, son, daughter.
Jolly ranchers / Laffy Taffy – On Sukkos and Yom tov it is a Mitzvah to be happy and rejoice
Cry Baby Gum – If a Kohen loses a relative…. Also a baby animal cant be brought as Karban on same day as mother
Candy Watches – The Moadim are the times that need to be kept for Yom Tov
Rock Candy / chocolate pebbles – The Mekallel was stoned
Sour Lips – The Mekallel said Horrible words about Hashems name
Torah Oodles – Hashem warns of the importance of learning the laws of the Torah and keeping the mitzvos
Go Go candies – If a Kohen loses a relative he must Go Go and be Tamei for that relative only
Chocolate lentils – When a Kohen loses a relative, lentils are a food served in house of mourning
Potato Stacks – The Lechem Hapanim was kept in Stacks of 6
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