The focus of this workbook is to share these timeless truths that support a life of peace, happiness and creativity. This month’s lessons come from the Torah, the Jewish sacred text. The Torah is the foundation of a child’s Jewish education. It is read publicly every year. In Judaism, it is common to share the story of Jonah and the Whale during the afternoon of Yom Kipper since the story shares of God’s willingness to forgive those who repent. Jonah is also mentioned in the Christian New Testament, the Qur’an and by Mohammad. See Entire Lesson Here
A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Torah
Craft: Create small Torahs
Symbolism of Craft: As many people as possible are given the honor of an aliyah (reciting a blessing over the Torah reading); in fact, even children are called for an aliyah blessing. In addition, as many people as possible are given the honor of carrying a Torah scroll in these processions. Children do not carry the scrolls (they are much too heavy!), but often follow the procession around the synagogue, sometimes carrying small toy Torahs (stuffed plush toys or paper scrolls).
Directions: Cut out rectangles of bright paper to roll around two Smartie Candy rolls, secure with tape and tie a ribbon around the bundle.
Shofar of the High SeasCraft: Shofar
Jonah and the Whale
Craft: Jonah in the Whale
Small sandwich bags
Small fuzz ball, marble or gumball
Trace template onto two pieces of 8 ½ X 11 blue paper. Cut out. Cut a circle out of one of the whales. Place fuzz ball, gumball or Lego Figure in small plastic bag to represent Jonah. Seal bag. Put glue on the inside edges of the whale with the circle cut out of it – including around the circle. Center plastic bag over circular hole, press down. Match the other whale cutout to the glued piece and press together.
The 10 CommandmentsCraft: 10 Commandments Handprints
10 Commandment Template
Glue or tape
Cut out each of the 10 commandments
Have the child color their hands and press the prints on a piece of paper (or cut out hand prints)