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)
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
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 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.
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.