Category: Bamidbar – במדבר

Parshas Balak – בלק

This weeks parsha has the famous pasuk of …מה טבו אהליך יעקב Bnei Yisroel are blessed and praised for living modestly.

We made tents to represent the “אהליך” – tents of Bnei Yisroel.

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בלק כד:ה
Balak 24:5

1- Break graham crackers in half so you have squares. Use melted chocolate to glue the squares together in a triangle shape.
2- Place a large round fruit roll up over the triangle and tuck the edges in underneath. Cut a slit and roll back one side so it looks like a tent opening.

Parshas Chukas – חקת

In Parshas Chukas Miriam dies. The well, which the benei Yisroel had throughout the 40 years in the desert in her merit, stoped flowing. Hashem commanded Moshe and Aharon to speak to the rock to bring forth water. Moshe hit the rock twice and water came gushing out.

We made chocolate “rocks” with water pouring out to represent this neis.

חקת כ:יא
Chukas 20:11

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1- Start with a flat cookie (we used chocolate mint cookies, but any will do). Lie them flat on a sheet of wax paper.
2- Make a batch of this mint icing. You can use another flavoring if you\’d rather.

Mint Icing
1/2 c margarine melted
4 c powdered sugar
2 TBSP soymilk
2 drops mint extract
3 drops of blue food coloring
Beat all ingredients together until it reaches a workable consistency (it should be almost like play dough – add more powdered sugar to make it thicker).

3- Form balls with the icing and place one on each cookie.
4- Pour melted chocolate over each ball/cookie so they are completely covered.
5- Using a bit of leftover icing pipe, a few drops pouring out of the “rock” (you may want to add a drop of water to make it easier to pipe).

Parshas Korach – קרח

Parshas Korach discusses the incident of Korach and his rebellion. Korach together with Dassan, Aviram and On ben Peles gathered a group of people together to rebel against Moshe and Aharon. They were jealous of people which held positions which they felt were unjustly allotted to them. As a punishment, a miracle occurred and the ground opened up and swallowed Korach, Dassan and Aviram with some of their family members.

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קרח טז:לב
Korach 16:32

1- Make a batch of sugar cookies in the shape of little people. I was able to find a tiny person cookie cutter, but if you cant find one, just cut them out with a knife.

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- Make a bundt or tube pan cake. We used this orange cake, but any will do.

Orange Cake
3 3/4 c Flour
2 1/2 c Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Sticks Margarine
1 tsp Salt
1 C Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Orange Rind
4 eggs
Bake at 350 for 65 mins

3- Make chocolate glaze and pour over the cake.

Chocolate Glaze
3 Tbsp boiling water
3 Tbsp Cocoa
3 Tbsp oil
1 C powdered sugar
4- Stick the cookies at varying angels “sliding” into the center of the cake.

Parshas Shelach – שלח

The end of Parshas Shelach discusses the mitzvah of tzitzis. We are commanded to add strings to the corners of all four cornered garments which we wear to remind us of all of the miztvos.

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שלח טו:לח
Shelach 15:38

1- Make a batch of sugar cookie dough. We used the following recipe because it does not have baking powder so it doesn\’t spread and lose its shape.

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- Cut squares with a semi-circle out of the top, then bake.
3- Make white icing using powdered sugar, vanilla sugar, and water. Ice cookies.
4- Add a bit of cocoa to some of the icing and pipe the brown horizontal lines.
5- Poke holes with a toothpick and string string through them.

Parshas Beha\’aloscha – בהעלויתך

In Parshas Beha\’aloscha Hashem commands Moshe to create two silver trumpets to be blown when it was time to travel or when people needed to gather together by the Mishkan. They were also blown on festive days while various communal offerings were being brought.

We made silver trumpets to represent the ones created by Moshe.

בהעלויתך י:ב
Beha\’aloscha 10:2

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1- Stick the top and bottom parts of the ice-cream cone into melted chocolate and shake silver sprinkles on. We used sugar cones, but you can use any pointy ended cone.
2- Using a bit of melted chocolate, attache a few chocolate lentils as buttons to one side of the cone.

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Parshas Nasso – נשא

Parshas Nasso reviews the laws of a Nazir – someone who takes upon themselves additional laws and restrictions. Some of these laws include not cutting their hair and not drinking wine. We made grapes to represent the wine the Nazir does not drink.

נשא ו:ג
Nasso 6:3

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1- Make a chocolate cake to use for cake pops. You can use any cake recipe, it should just be a moist cake not a dry one.

Chocolate Cake
2 2/3 c flour
1 1/8 c cocoa
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
3/4 c oil
1 1/2 c boiling water
3 c sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 350 for 45 min.
2- Make a chocolate frosting using powdered sugar, cocoa, and hot water.
3- Crumb the cake and combine with the frosting so its sticky, then form balls
4- Dip skewer into melted chocolate and then into ball. Wait until the chocolate has a chance to harden before continuing so the balls don\’t fall right off the sticks.
5- Dip the cake end of the skewer into a cup of melted chocolate, shake off excess and add purple sprinkles.
6- Poke a thin pretzel rod into one of the pops and using a toothpick, secure a green sour belt as a leaf.

Parshas Bamidbar – במדבר

Parshas Bamidbar discusses how Bnei Yisroel camped and traveled while they were in the dessert before they entered Eretz Yisroel. They camped around the Mishkan with 3 shevatim on each side and shevet Levi in the middle circling the Mishkan.

We made a replica of how Bnei Yisroel camped by using colored chocolate chips to represent each shevet.

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במדבר ב:ב
Bamidbar 2:2

1- We cheated this week and bought a chocolate brownie cake instead of baking, we used Reismans Brownie cake, but any flat cake will work.
2- We lined up large colored chocolate chips by color around the edges of the cake. Three colors to each side and a circle in the center.
3- We used colorful sour belts and a strawberry fruit roll-up wrapped around a cookie for the Mishkan.