Parshas Vezos Haberachah – וזאת הברכה

Vezos Haberachah is the last parsha of the Torah. It contains Moshe\’s final good bye and how he dies. In it is one of the most famous verses – תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהילת יעקב – The Torah that Moshe commanded us is our inheritance.

We made Sifrei Torah out of candy, you can use almost any kind of candy to create these so be creative!

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וזאת הברכה לג:ד
Vezos Haberachah 33:4

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This can also be used for Simchas Torah – שמחת תורה

Parshas Haazinu – האזינו

In Parshas Haazinu Bnei Yisroel are warned not to stray from Hashem and the Torah. If they do not listen they will be consumed by fire. We made red and orange sherbet to represent the fire.


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האזינו לב:כב
Haazinu 32:22

Orange Sherbet:
Bring 2 quarts of water and 1 c of sugar to a boil.
Stir in 4 c orange juice and bring to a boil
Stir in 2 packages orange jello
Freeze for a few hours, then whisk and refreeze.

Strawberry Sherbet:
20 oz frozen strawberries
1 1/2 c orange juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1 c sugar
Blend all ingredients in a blender and freeze, after a few hours re-blend and freeze again.

Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech – נצבים-וילך

In this weeks parsha we are told that the Torah is not far but in our hearts. We made jelly roll cake in the shape of hearts to represent this.

Jelly Roll Cake
6 eggs
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Beat eggs and sugar till lemony, then add the rest of the ingredients
Bake 350 for 12 min
Flip onto a towel and roll either end in to form two rolls. Unroll when cool and spread jelly on it, then re-roll. Pinch the top so it comes to a point.
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נצבים-וילך ל:יד
Nitzavim-Vayeilech 30:14

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Parshas Ki Savo – כי תבוא

In this parsha Hashem tells Bnei Yisroel that when they are ready to go to Eretz Yisroel He will split the Yarden (Jordan river) and they should carry 12 stones with them and write the Torah on them.

We used mint ice cream for the river and chocolate for the rocks to re-create this commandment.
כי תבוא כז:ד
Ki Savo 24:4

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Parshas Ki Seitzei – כי תצא

In Parshas Ki Seitzei the mitzvah of Shiluach Hakan is told to us. One must send away the mother bird before taking her young birds or eggs away.

We made eggs in a nest (the mother bird has already been sent away) to represent this mitzvah.

1- To make the nest we used the peanut butter rice krispie treat recipe with thin/stick chow-mein noodles instead of rice krispies. We used an upside down cupcake tray to form the rounded nest.

1 c sugar
1 c corn syrup
1 c peanut butter
Boil all ingredients together until a liquid forms. Pour over one bag of thin chow-mein noodles and coat well.
2- We placed different colored jelly beans inside the “nests” for the eggs.
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כי תצא כב:ו
Ki Seitzei 22:6

Parshas Shoftim – שופטים

In Parshas Shoftim the Torah discusses the commandment of anointing a king over the nation and the special laws a king must follow.

We made crowns to represent the kings. We used chocolate covered round pretzels and different kinds of sprinkles and chocolate chips to create them. Be creative and use whatever you have.

שופטים יז:טו
Shoftim 17:15

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Parshas Re\’eh – ראה

The mitzvah of keeping meat and dairy separate is one of the many halachos/mitzvos reviewed in Parshas Re\’eh. We are commanded not to cook, eat, or derive any benefit from a dairy and meat mixture.

We made cookie “cheeseburgers” (don\’t worry, it\’s not the real thing) to show the issur.

1- We made a batch of butterscotch cookies for the bun

Butterscotch cookies
1 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 c margarine
2 c brown sugar (dark)
2 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c ground walnuts
Cream margarine and sugar, mix in rest of ingredients. Chill for 20 min, then split into 3 or 4 sections and roll into logs, wrap with wax paper and chill for 2-3 hours. Slice and bake on 350 for 10-12 min.
2- We made a batch of chocolate fudge cookies for the burger

Chocolate Fudge Cookie
12oz Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
2 c flour
3/4 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 sticks margarine
1 1/2 c brown sugar (dark)
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
Melt chocolate, cream margarine and sugar then add the rest of the ingredients (including melted chocolate). Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet, bake at 300 for 10-15 min (they do spread).

3- Flatten out a white taffy very thinly for the cheese so it looks like its a bit melted.
4- Flatten out a red taffy to a small red disk for a tomato
5- Rip up pieces of green fruit roll up for the lettuce.

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ראה יד:כא
Re\’eh 14:21

Parshas Eikev – עקב

In Parshas Eikev we are commanded to write the paragraph[s] of Shema [and Vihaya Im Shamoa] on our doorposts (mezuzos) to remind us of the miztvos.

We made edible mezuzah\’s to represent this mitzvah
עקב יא:כ
Eikev 11:20

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1- Spread chocolate spread (the Isreali kind) over 2/3rds of a puff-pastry dough square (We used pre-made frozen pastry dough already cut in squares).
2- Roll squares in tightly starting from the chocolate covered side, so you end with the cleaner side closing the roll.
3- Bake fold side down for 12-15 min on 380.
4- Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top.
5- Melt chocolate and pipe a Shin on the top of the roll.

Parshas Va\’eschanan – ואתחנן

Parshas Va\’eschanan discusses the mitzvah of tefillin, which men are commanded to wear as a reminder of the importance of the mitzvos.

We made tefillin out of chocolates
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ואתחנן ו:ח
Va\’eschanan 6:8

1- We used square chocolate mint thins as the base and used melted chocolate to glue chocolate marshmallow squares to it.
2- To make the other side, we used melted chocolate to glue together 4 small square chocolates and attach to the mint thin.
3- We used chocolate licorice for the straps.

Parshas Devarim – דברים

Parshas Devarim discusses a number of incidents where nations fought wars against giants and prevailed over them in order to take over lands which Hashem intended for them. The Beni Yisroel fought against mighty armies and giants and prevailed. The victories are specified to help us realize and appreciate the greatness of the many miracles that were performed for us. One of the great miracles was the conquering of the kingdom of Og the giant.

We made cookies to represent the great battle with Og.
דברים ג:א
Devarim 3:1

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1- We used our standard sugar cookie recipe and using larger and smaller people shaped cookie cutters created the different size men.

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 used mini-colored chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips to make a face on the large cookie. Feel free to use your creativity.

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