Another great Parsha with many ideas for your Parsha Party.
Parsha Overview (Feel free to skip straight to the Party below - simply click the arrow next to this text and the overview will disappear.)
The Parsha begins with Hashem telling Avram “Go from your land, from your birthplace, from your father’s house to the land which I will show you.” He promises to make him a great nation and tells him “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you”. Avram listens and travels with his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot and they reach Eretz Canaan. Avram builds a mizbeach and continues to spread the knowledge about Hashem. A famine comes to the land of Canaan and Avram and Sarai go to Mitzrayim. According to meforshim, Avram tries to hide Sarai in a box because he is afraid that they will see how beautiful she is and will kill him and take her as a wife for Paraoh. The officers find Sarai and see that she is beautiful and take her to Paraoh. Avram tells her to tell them that he is her brother so they don’t kill him to marry her. Paraoh gives Avram presents and wants to marry Sarai. Hashem brings a plague of boils on Paraoh and his household so he can’t marry her and Paraoh returns her to Avram when she tells him really he is her husband and he sends them on the way with presents. They return to Canaan. Lot is still with them but Avram decides to part ways with Lot to avoid a fight between them. Lot’s shepherds were not careful to muzzle their sheep on other people’s property and Avram and his shepherds do not want to have any possibility of gezel – stealing. Lot moves to Sedom where very bad people lived. Hashem tells Avraham the land of Canaan will be his and his children will be so many like the dust of the earth. There is a war that breaks out between 4 kings and 5 kings and the city of Sedom is captured. Lot is taken captive and someone informs Avraham. Avraham goes to save him and wins the kings. But he falls captive to four kings that conquered Sedom. Avraham goes to save Lot and wins over the 4 kings. He is blessed by Malki Tzedek the king of Shalem. The King of Sedom tells him to take the spoils of the war but Avraham promises that he will not take the wealth – nothing from a thread to a shoe strap will he take. Hashem makes a Bris with Avram. He shows him the stars in the sky and tells him to count them. Just as he cannot count the stars, his children will be so many he cannot count them. He tells him about the future Galus of his children and that he will be given Eretz Yisrael as their homeland.
Avram and Sarai do not have children. Sarai tells Avram to marry her maidservant Hagar so that he can bear children. He marries her and Hagar becomes pregnant. She begins acting not nice to Sarai and is then Sarai in return works her harshly and she flees from the house. A malach convinces her to return. She has a son name Yishmael when Avram is 86 years old. At 99, Hashem changes Avram’s name to Avraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah and promises them that they will have a son Yitzchok who will become a great nation. He says you will be fruitful and many nations and kings will come from you. Avraham falls on his face in joy that he will have a son at 100 and Sarah at age 90. Avraham is told to give himself and his descendants a bris milah as a sign between Hashem and Avraham. A bris for babies born at 8 days. And Avraham gives himself a bris at 99 and to Yishmael who is 13 and to everyone else that is part of the household. (Adapted partially from In a Nutshell by Chabad.org)
And now for the fun part
Avram is told to travel:
Fruit by the foot
GoGo candies or applesauce
3 N Go candy boards
Must Candy (Must Go leave your home)
Suitcase shaped desserts (a brownie bar with a handle – can be like a sour stick, licorice, etc)
Those who bless you will be blessed:
Avram builds a Mizbeach:
Candy brix or lego candy
Sarai is hidden in a box when they go to Mitzrayim:
Box drinks (fruit punch, apple juice, etc)
Paraoh sees that Sarai is beautiful:
Paraoh and his household are hit with a plague of boils:
Lot’s Shepherds are not muzzling their sheep:
Marshmallow “sheep” (use mini marshmallows to form a blob that resembles a sheep and you can add pretzel sticks cut in half to make legs)
The children of Avraham will be so many like the dust/sand of the earth:
War of the kings and Avram beats them and refuses to take anything from a thread to a shoestrap:
Stella Doro Swiss Fudge cookies (look like crowns)
Laffy taffy rope
Lasso / Lace rope candy
Pull and Peel
Avram is promised his children will be so many like the stars in the sky:
Big dippers candy
At 99 Avram becomes Avraham and is told he will have children:
Fizzy candy canes (or any candy canes)
Wowzers (Because it’s Wow that he would have children when he was so old without any children yet!)
Avraham is told he will be fruitful and nations and many kings will come from him:
Whole Fruit ices
Lox at your seudah
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Have a wonderful Shabbos!
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