Oct 17, 2011

I'm a Child

Do not be afraid to be firm with me, I prefer that, makes me feel safer.

I can not have everything I want. Don't let me get with the bad habits, I depend of you to know what is right or wrong.

Do not correct me in anger and nor in the presence of strangers (I do not want be constrained). I will learn much more if you talk to me quietly and in privately.

Do not protect me all the time from the consequences of my mistakes, sometimes I prefer to learn the road rougher.

Do not take too seriously my little-crying, sometimes I need it to get the attention to my desires.

Do not be harsh to correct me, because I can do the opposite of what you tell me just to prove I think I'm right.

Do not make me promise if you can not do to me, this makes me deeply disappointed.

Do not be harsh with me when I need teaching, because I can go to the streets in search of replies that I not find in my house.

Do not show me how you is perfect and infallible, I'll be shocked when I discovered any error in you.

Do not say that my fears are silly, help me to understand them.

Do not say you can not control myself, I can think I'm stronger than you.

Do not treat me like a person without personality, remember that I'm alive and I am what I am.

Do not aim the defects of the people around me, this will create in me an early intolerant spirit.

Do not forget that I like to try things out alone, but never give up teaching me the right thing, even if I do not seems learn.

In the future you will see in me the fruit of what you planted.

And always, always teach me to smile even in difficult moments of life.

Do not tell me that G'd is harsh and vindictive, I have to trust in G'd, He will be good for me.

Thank you.

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Oct 12, 2011

Sukkot for Children

The Yom Tov (festive day) of Sukkot (booths) begins at sundown of the 14th day of Tishrei, five days after Yom Kippur. And what a change it is. We go from the most solemn day of the year to one of the most joyous times.

This year (2011), Sukkot, also called Zman Simchateinu, (the time of our gladness), starts at sundown, Wednesday, October 12th, and lasts for seven days. Sukkot is immediately followed by two separate Yomim Tovim (holidays), Shemini Atzeret on Thursday, October 20th, and Simchat Torah on Friday, October 21st, but we commonly think of them as part of Sukkot.

In Eretz Israel, The Yom Tov of Sukkot lasts for seven days followed by one separate Yom Tov, - Shemini Atzeret on Thursday, October 20th.

"Sukkot" means "booths" and refers to the temporary dwellings that HaShem commands us to live in during this Yom Tov ( see Vayikra, Parshat Emor 23:42-43) as our ancestors, the Bnei Yisroel wandered through the desert for forty years, living in temporary shelters.

The covering (roof) of the Sukkah, or the S'chach (literally, covering) must be a material that grew from the earth, was cut off from the earth, and not susceptible to Tumah (contamination). This includes tree branches, corn stalks, bamboo reeds, and sticks. But metals, leather, growing trees and foodstuffs are excluded. S'chach must be left loose, not bundled together or tied down. S'chach must be placed sparsely enough that rain can get in, and preferably sparsely enough that the stars can be seen, but not so sparsely that there is more sunlight than shade, and not more than ten inches open at any point. The covering must be put on last.

It is a Mitzvah (obligation), and of course, a lot of fun, decorating the Sukkah. A favorite decoration is drawings or charts of the Ushpizin (guests), the seven eminent biblical guests we invite to honor us by visiting our Sukkah. They are: Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov, Moshe, Aharon, Yosaif and David.

Others hang live fruit like apples and grapes from the S'chach. Bees like to visit the Sukkah too. Honor the Sukkah by bringing in your finest utensils, but never any pots and pans. A Sukkah must be treated with respect.

Learn more about Sukkot in the Torah Tots site

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Oct 7, 2011

Yom Kippur for Children

Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, falls on the eve of the tenth day of Tishrei. That’s when the fast begins too. It’s a big one… twenty-five+ hours!. This year (2011), Yom Kippur starts at sundown, Friday, October 7th, and ends Shabbat evening, October 8th with the sound of the Shofar.

Jews all over the world, even those who do not observe any other Jewish custom will (hopefully) refrain from work, fast and go to shul (synagogue) on Yom Kippur.
The holiday is mentioned in Vayikra Ch. 23:26 (et seq). It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. In The Story of Rosh Hashana, we mention the "Books" in which Hashem inscribes all of our names. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these "books" is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.

Learn all about the Yom Kippur - Story - Coloring Pages - Cards - Fun & Games http://www.torahtots.com/holidays/yomkipur/yomk.htm

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