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Parshas Shemini

  • 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


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

PLEASE NOTE - If you still have Mishloach Manos - try to find some Parsha connections to what you have so that you don't need to buy more before Pesach! Or you can consider choosing just one nosh to buy. Whatever makes it easier - don't make it a stress. Parsha Party is here to make it easier and more fun


Shemini

The word Shemini means Eighth.

Bringing the first Karbanos

On the 8th day, after 7 days of inaugurating the Mishkan, Moshe tells Aharon and his sons to begin their service in the Mishkan and bring the Karbanos in front of the nation. Aharon is ashamed and feels unworthy to approach the Mizbayach (Rashi) and Moshe urges him to do it.

They do all that they were commanded for the karbanos including waving in the air and sprinkling of the blood.

And Aharon lifts his hands to the nation and blesses them with Birchas Kohanim.

Aharon enters the Mishkan with Moshe to be taught how to do the Ketores and to daven for a fire to come down from Hashem. (Rashi)

Hashem sends forth a fire and the Karban Olah is consumed! The nation sees this happen and they rejoice and sing praises and fall on their face before Hashem.

Nadav and Avihu

Nadav and Avihu, two of Aharon’s sons, decide on their own to bring Ketores. They get punished for for bringing an Aish Zara – strange fire –without being commanded to by Hashem and He sends a fire to consume them.

Rashi suggests two reasons that led them to their death.

1.      They rendered a halacha decision in front of Moshe their Rebbe

2.      They drank wine before entering the Mishkan and then did Avodah. We soon learn that one is not allowed to do this.

Aharon responds to their death with remaining silent. He does not complain and Hashem rewards him by speaking directly to him to discuss the next halacha!

Moshe calls his cousins Mishael and Eltzaphan (sons of Uziel) to carry the dead sons out of the camp in their clothing. Rashi notes that the clothing were not burnt. Only their neshamos were.

 

Aharon and his Sons Don’t Mourn the Loss

Aharon, Elazar and Issamar are warned not to display signs of mourning. Not to grow their hair out or tear keriya. This is because they are in middle of celebrating the Mishkan for Hashem.

Hashem commands Aharon – Do not drink wine (a Revi’is) before you go into the Mishkan.

The Halacha of a judge not drinking wine before judgement is also learned from here because he needs to be able to differentiate between Tamei and Tahor.

Aharon is commanded to eat the remaining parts of the Karbanos in holy places. The mincha should be eaten with Matzah – no chametz.

Halachic Disagreement

Moshe and Aharon have a disagreement on whether or not the Karban for Rosh Chodesh should be burnt or eaten. In the end Moshe says that Aharon is correct and it should be burnt in this case.

The Laws of Kosher Animals

Which animals are Kosher?

·        They must have completely split hooves and chew their cud.

If they only have one of the simanim then they are not kosher.

The following animals chew their cud but do not have split hooves:

·        Camel

·        Shafan (rabbit)

·        Arnaves (hare)

The following animal has split hooves but does not chew its cud:

·        Chazir (pig)

They are all Tamei.

 

Which fish or sea animals are kosher?

They must have fins and scales.

 

Which birds are Kosher?

The Torah gives a list of birds that are not kosher. All others are kosher (however many are not eaten if there is no mesorah for it).

Some of the birds on the not kosher list include:

Eagle, vulture, raven, ostrich, hawk, owl, bat, chasida (stork), amongst others.

 

Which insects are not Kosher?

Flying insects are not kosher. There are some locust that ARE kosher! They must have a tradition though to be identified and eaten.

 

LAWS OF TUMAH AND TAHARA

Becoming Tamei from Touching Dead animals

The laws of Tumah are a bit too complicated for this summary.

Some dead animals make a person Tamei from touching or carrying them.

There are 8 Sheratzim that are listed in the Parsha that have a different type of Tumah if touched.

One needs the water of a mikvah to purify from tumah.

A vessel that cannot be toiveled if it becomes Tamei, such as an earthenware vessel, needs to be broken.

There are halachos about how seeds become Tamei.

 

Which sheratzim – Creepy Crawly Insects are not kosher?

·        All that crawl on the ground.

·        All that go on their belly. (Rashi – the snake and worms). All that crawl on their feet.

We are warned - Al Tishaktzu! Do not become disgusting to Hashem by not keeping these laws because Hashem took you out of Mitzrayim to be holy.

(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!


  • Candy Corn

  • FireBlast Spray

  • Barbeque Flavor/ Smoke flavor chips or bissli

  • Hot Tomales

  • Wafers

  • Rock Paper Scissors Candy Hand

  • Spicy Chips

  • Cry Babies

  • Tangy Hair Candies

  • Grape Juice/ Wine

  • Matzah Crackers

  • Animal Crackers

  • Chewzy brand candies or nosh

  • Aqua Chews

  • Split Pea Soup 😊

  • Jelly Fish

  • Gummy Worms/Snakes

  • Mayim Chayim Drinks

 

THE PARSHA PARTY ANSWER LIST!

Candy Corn, FireBlast Spray – Hashem brings down a fire onto the Mizbayach. Nadav and Avihu brought their own Fire that was not allowed and were consumed by a Fire of Hashem.

Barbeque Flavor/ Smoke flavor chips or bissli, Hot Tomales– Karbanos that were burnt up

Wafers – The Karbanos are waved around

Rock Paper Scissors Candy Hand – Aharon puts his hands on the Karban. Also he raises his hands to bless the people with Birchas Kohanim

Spicy Chips – The Ketores was brought by Nadav and Avihu and was not allowed

Cry Babies – Aharon and his sons were not allowed to mourn the loss of Nadav and Avihu

Tangy Hair Candies – Aharon and sons were told not to grow out their hair as mourners do

Grape Juice/ Wine -  Nadav and Avihu went into the Mishkan after drinking wine and were punished. Aharon is given the halacha not to drink a Revi’is of wine before doing the Avodah. Additionally the mitzvah that judges may not drink wine to be able to be able to determine Tamei and Tahor

Matzah Crackers – the karbanos that are eaten with matzah and no chametz

Animal Crackers – Hilchos kashrus for animals must chew their cuds and have split hooves

Chewzy brand candies or nosh, Aqua Chews -  Kosher animals must chew their cud

Split Pea Soup 😊 – Kosher animals must have split hooves

Jelly Fish – the signs of kosher fish are fins and scales

Gummy Worms/Snakes – Worms and snakes are creepy crawlies that go on their belly and are Tamei

Mayim Chayim Drinks -  Waters of the mikvah are used to make someone Tahor that became Tamei from touching dead animals or dead Sheratzim.


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