Mar 10, 2011

Tiny Torah by Sweet & Crunchy


A very talented local-to-me mom, of the blog sweet & crunchy, created this toy Torah, which I thought was amazing when I saw it last summer at a little-kids Shabbos party.  Not exactly homeschooling related, but I think this would be a great toy for little homeschoolers!

Check out her blog post about this project (and also check out how she built her own toddler bed).

3 comments:

  1. Oh, and I can also direct you to this newer post, which actually gives a tutorial on how to make your own. Enjoy! http://sweetcrunchyjewy.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/tiny-torah-tutuorial/

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  2. In the building of the Tabernacle as described in the the last four Parashahs of Shemos (Exodus) G-d commanded that Shittim (Acacia wood) be used for the Ark, table, carrying poles and support beams. Since the Jews were in the desert where nothing grows, as Rashi points out, the only way they could have had the wood available was if they carried it from Egypt. Thus, Rashi concluded that Jacob brought seedling Acacia trees from Canaan and transplanted them in Goshen in anticipation of the need to fulfill the Mitzvah of building the Tabernacle. So it appears that Shittim wood was part of the plan and when called for, the lumber was prepared and ready. The Acacia tree has a rough exterior with a thick homely bark and long sharp thorns growing out of its branches while sporting lush green leaves and beautiful flowers at certain times of the year. Thus in order to make this tree suitable for such Holy service the rough exterior has to be peeled off and the wood must be smoothed over with an abrasive cloth. This procedure is called refinement and it indeed is a painful process. But, when we apply this principle to ourselves we can see that every hardship we endure individually and as a nation is a gift because with every moment of suffering HaShem brings us closer to the eternal rapture of basking in His G-dly light.

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