Category: Vayikra – ויקרא

Parshas Acharei Mos & Kedoshim – אחרי מות-קדושים

This week is a also a double parsha. Many different laws are discussed throughout both parshiyos. We decided to focus on the mitzvah of orlah in which we are commanded not to derive any benefit from the fruit of a tree within the first three years of it being planted. In the fourth year the fruit is brought to Yerushalayim where the owner expresses his gratitude to Hashem and is eaten there with certain restrictions. From the fifth year and on it may be treated as ordinary fruit.

We made cookie fruit trees to represent this mitzvah.

kedoshim-fruit-trees-oranges
קדושים יט:כג
Kedoshim 19:23
1- We made our standard sugar cookie recipe and cut out the shapes with a flower shaped cookie cutter. We placed the cookies on top of sticks so that they would be baked together.

Sugar Cookies
2 Sticks Margarine
1 c Sugar
3 c Flour
3 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla sugar
2 Eggs
Drop Orange Juice
Cream margarine and sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes. Roll out and cut shapes. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

2- Once the cookies cooled, we iced them using a green mint icing (powdered sugar, water, mint extract, green food coloring).
3- We then sprinkled green sugar crystals over it and placed a few hard fruit candies on.
4- We then pushed the stick through a presidor waferroll so our tree had a “trunk”.
parsha-kedoshim-fruit-trees

Parshas Tazria & Metzora – תזריע-מצורע

This week is a double parsha, both of which talk about tzaraas. The parshiyos discuss how the kohen determines if a mark is tzaraas and the steps that need to be taken to purify it.

We made cookies in the shape of people with white spots to indicate tzaraas.

tazria-metzhora-tzoraas-cookie
תזריע יג:ב
Tazria 13:2
1- We made our standard sugar cookie recipe and used a boy cookie cutter to shape the cookies. (You can really use almost any cookie cutter shape if you don\’t have a person. The parsha discusses tzaraas appearing on walls, clothes, and furniture, as well as people, so use whatever cookie cutters you have.)

Sugar Cookies
2 Sticks Margarine
1 c Sugar
3 c Flour
3 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla sugar
2 Eggs
Drop Orange Juice
Cream margarine and sugar, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes. Roll out and cut shapes. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

2- Before the cookies went into the oven we placed several white mini-chocolate lentils all over them to represent the tzaraas. White chocolate chips will work just as well if you don\’t have lentils.
tazria-metzora-tzoraas-cookies

Parshas Shemini – שמיני

Parshas Shemini discusses the signs used to determine whether an animal is kosher or not. An animal that chews its cud and has split hooves is kosher. There are 24 species (some include sub-species) of birds specified in the Torah which are not kosher. All other birds are kosher. A fish that has fins and scales is kosher.

We made fish out of sandwich cookies and gummi hearts. (If you\’re too busy in the after-Pesach rush, just buy jelly fish)

shemini-fish
שמיני יא:ט
Shemini 11:9

Parshas Tzav – צו

Parshas Tzav continues discussing the karbanos and the anointing of the kohanim, the kelim, and the special begadim the kohanim wore. Several times in this Parsha it is mentioned that the kohanim used oil for the karbon mincha. Oil is also used during the inaugural service.

We made pineapple/lemon sherbet to represent the oil used throughout the parsha.

צו ו:ח & ח:ב
Tzav 6:8 & 8:2

tzav-oil-karbanos-pitcher
Pineapple/Lemon Sherbet
1 c water
1/2 c sugar
2 c pineapple juice
1 package lemon jello
Combine sugar and water and bring to a boil
Add juice and bring to a boil again
Turn off flame then stir in jello until dissolved.
Pour into container(s) and freeze.
Once frozen whisk the sherbet to give it a smoother consistency, then re-freeze.

Parshas Vayikra – ויקרא

Parshas Vayikra is the first parsha of the third sefer in the Torah. This parsha (and a large portion of this sefer) discuss the karbanos. This week the parsha reviews the karbon mincha which could be brought in different ways. One of the options was to have it baked from fine flour into unleavened wafers and smeared with oil. We copied the concept by making napoleons, the pastry dough represents the unleavened wafer and the custard represents the oil that was smeared on it.

vayikra-dessert
ויקרא ב:ד
Vayikra 2:4

We used ready-made pastry dough and custard to keep preparation time to a minimum during this very hectic season.

1 – Bake the pastry dough on 350 for about 10 minutes. Poke holes in it with a fork first so it doesn\’t rise.
2 – Spread the custard on top of one layer of pastry dough, then cover with another layer of pastry dough so you have a sandwich. Sprinkle with confectionery sugar.