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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.
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Hashem commands Moshe to take Shemen Zayis Zach – pure olive oil for Aharon to light the Menorah each day with enough oil to last from evening until morning.
Moshe is then told that after the Mishkan set up is completed, he should bring close Aharon and his four sons, Nadav, Avihu, Elazar, and Issamar, and make the Bigdei Kehuna – clothing for the Kohanim. These clothing are to be worn when they serve Hashem in the Mishkan.
The Kohen Gadol, Aharon, gets 8 garments:
1. Choshen – Breastplate with 12 stones
2. Ephod – An apron-like garment made of blue, purple, and red wool, linen, and gold thread.
3. Meil – A blue robe that goes over a tunic
4. Kesones Tashbetz – A checkered tunic
5. Mitznefes – a linen turban
6. Avnet – a belt or sash
7. Tzitz – a gold plate worn on the forehead
8. Michnasayim - pants
The Ephod should be made by a master weaver and have two shoulder straps attached and two Shoham stones (one on each shoulder) engraved with the names of the shevatim, 6 on each stone. 2 Chains of pure gold will attach them on the settings.
The Choshen should be a breastplate made by a master weaver with the same type of threads as the Ephod. It should be square shaped and doubled over. Fill it with 4 rows of precious stones / gems. In each row has 3 stones. The stones will have the names of the Shevatim engraved in them. At the ends of the Choshen make pure gold chains. There are also rings on the Choshen for the Ephod to be tied to it. The Choshen should be worn over the heart of the Kohen Gadol with the Urim Vetumim placed inside of it. Rashi explains that Hashem’s special name, the Shem HaMeforash is to be written and placed in the folds of the Choshen and would light up the letters of the Choshen as answers from Hashem.
The Meil should be made of blue wool with an opening for the head at the top and the collar folded inward. On the hem it should have pomegranate designs and golden bells one after the other (pomegranate, bell, pomegranate, bell, etc). It is important for Aharon or the Kohen Gadol to be heard when doing the Avodah and enters and leaves the Kodesh Kedashim. (It is also to atone for the sin of Lashon Hara).
The Tzitz should be made as a gold plate for the forehead of the Kohen Gadol. On it inscribed Kodesh LaHashem. It is placed on a blue cord of wool and tied to the Mitznefes turban. Aharon should wear it on his forehead to bear the burden of forgiveness for the people.
The Kesones should be made with a checkered design, and make a wool turban and an embroidered belt.
The 4 Garments of the regular Kohanim should be:
1. Kesones – tunic
2. Avnet – belt/sash
3. Migbaas – hat
4. Michnasayim - -pants
The Kohanim should be dressed in these clothes and anointed with oil and be holy.
The Shivas Yemei Hamiluim – The 7 days of inauguration for the Mishkan.
For 7 days the Kohanim should take Karbanos and Matzah offerings brought in a basket. They should be bathed in water and clothed in the special clothing and anointed with oil. They should bring the karbanos and burn them for Hashem and put the blood on the corners of the Mizbayach. They lean their hands on the hands of the Rams and they put the blood of one of them by their right ear, thumb, and big toe. They take the Matzahs and wave them around. There are many more details discussed with the Karbanos brought repeatedly during these 7 days. They are all bringing Kapara – forgiveness to the people.
The Mishkan / Ohel Moed is the place where Hashem will make meetings with the people. It will be holy along with the Kohanim and Hashem will dwell there. It will serve as a reminder that Hashem took them out of Mitzrayim.
The Mizbayach HaZahav – A Mizbayach made for bringing the Ketores. It is to be made of wood and overlaid with gold and it has a golden crown on it. It needs rings and poles to carry it like by the other Keilim. It is placed in the Ohel Moed on the other side of the Peroches from the Aron. Aharon would bring the Ketores on it daily and once a year on Yom Kippur bring a Karban Chatas on it.
Did you know? – Moshe’s name is not mentioned in this Parsha because the Chet HaEgel he told Hashem if He won’t forgive the people he should erase his name out from the Torah. When a Tzaddik speaks Hashem listens to his words even without the condition. Therefore he took out Moshe's name from this Parsha.
(Adapted partially from Chabad.org, and The Pesukim and Rashi)
And now for the fun part
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Gold foil Candies
Chocolate coins (pareve) with Menorah on it
Blue, purple, red soursticks
Blue fruit rollups
Pomegranate fruity bars
Pomegranate ices or ice cream
Mini Bell peppers with dip
Checkered Peanut Chews
Corn Checkers (Pareve)
12 Pack Smiley Cupcakes
Hand Candies (Rock paper scizzor hand filled with candy)
Hamantashcen – Aznei Haman
Graham cracker square with 12 color jelly beans attached (with marshmallow fluff or honey)
THE PARSHA PARTY ANSWER LIST!
Doughnuts – Oil for Menorah and for anointing the Kohanim
Fizzy bottles – Shemen Zayis Zach
Rock Candy, Jewel Pops , Gem Pops - Precious stones and gems for Choshen
Gold foil Candies – The gold of the Choshen, the Mizbayach HaZahav
Chocolate coins (pareve) with Menorah on it - The oil needed to be prepared daily for the Menorah
Blue, purple, red soursticks – the threads of the ephod and Choshen
Blue fruit rollups - The Meil was made of blue
Pomegranate fruity bars, Pomegranate lemonade,Pomegranate ices or ice cream, Pomegranate seeds – Pomegranates on the hem of the Meil
Jelly Belly, Mini Bell peppers with dip - “Bells” on the hem of the Meil
Lip candies - The bells and pomegranates to atone for the Lashon Hara
Checkered Peanut Chews, Corn Checkers (Pareve) - The Ketones was a checkered design
Streimel cookies (Stella doro) - The hats for the Kohen and Kohen Gadol. Also looks like a crown and crown around Mizbayach
Sour Belts – The avnet belt. Also if Blue belts for the Meil which was blue
12 Pack Smiley Cupcakes - The 12 shevatim on the choshen and shoulder straps
Heart Lollies – The Choshen was worn on the heart
Hand Candies (Rock paper scizzor hand filled with candy) - The Kohanim leaned their hands on the head of the Ram. Also the blood was sprinkled on their thumb and big toe
Hamantashcen – Aznei Haman - The blood of the ram was sprinkled on the back of their ears – Aznei Haman means ears of Haman 😊
Graham cracker square with 12 color jelly beans attached (with marshmallow fluff or honey) – Easy Choshen project with the graham cracker as the choshen and 4 rows of jelly beans as the stones
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