Parshas Mattos-Masei – מטות-מסעי

This week is a double parsha – Mattos and Masei. The borders of the future land of Eretz Yisroel are specified in parshas Masei.

We made Eretz Yisroel shaped cookies.
מסעי לד:ב
Masei 34:2

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1- We used our standard sugar cookie recipe and icing (powdered sugar and warm water). We just used a knife to cut the shape out, it\’s pretty simple.

Sugar Cookies
1 c sugar
1 c shortening
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 c flour
Combine all ingredients and mix well, refrigerate for 20 min then roll out, cut shapes, and bake in pre-heated oven at 375 for 10 min
2- We placed 3 blue chocolate lentils as the Kineret and Yam Hamelach.
3- We sprinkled green sugar crystals over the icing for the land.

Parshas Pinchas – פינחס

In Parshas Pinchas the benei Yisroel are told some details about how the land of Eretz Yisroel will be divided. One of the methods used was a unique kind of goral (lot). There were 24 tickets mixed up in a box. On 12 of them were written the names of each shevet, and on the other 12 were written 12 portions of land. The Nasi (prince) of each shevet would put his hand in and take out 2 tickets. On one ticket he would find the name of his shevet written on it, and on the other would be the portion of land intended for them.

We made little bowls with “tickets” to represent this selection.
פינחס כו:נה
Pinchas 26:55

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1- We used ready-made tarts that only needed to be baked, but you can use any bowl shaped pastry.
2- We made parve pudding (substituting soy milk for regular milk) and poured a thin layer at the bottom each bowl (so it could hold the candy).
3- We sliced chocolate covered marzipan for the “tickets” mainly because they are white and can be cut thin, but you can really use any candy.