Parsha Tetzaveh

Parsha Tetzaveh תְּצַוֶּה “You Shall Command” 

Torah portion: Shemot/Exodus 27:20-30:10
Haphtarah (concluding portion): 1 Samuel 15:1-34
Brit Chadasha (New Testament): Hebrews 13:10-16

Did you know: Tetzaveh is the 8th parsha [portion] of sefer [scroll of/book of] Shemot?

Bible: This week we will continue our Torah study by completing this week’s Messianic Weekly Series of parsha studies. The preschoolers will complete Parsha for Preschool for this week’s parsha. You can find these affordable and wonderful resources in our storefront. We will also continue working through our parsha lapbook MessiShul program with the older elementary kids and junior high school students. This fulfills a portion of our Hebrew language study as well. We have a student preparing for a Bat Mitzvah in our homeschool so she will continue learning through her Bar/Bat Mitzvah workbook as well.

Teen Time: Have you checked out Liv’s Teen Devos lately? We will listen to Pastor Joel of Messianic Family Fellowship teach on this week’s parsha via his free Messianic podcasts.

Math: Just in time for reviewing our basic math facts, Restoring the Way has a math drill sheet workbook collection. Noach’s Math will help us review addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication facts, and division facts. These drill sheets are an invaluable tool for increasing speed and accuracy in math calculations. You can find these Noach’s Math workbooks at our online storefront.

Reading/Phonics: We will be using MessiKids Reading for the younger elementary students to continue our reading practice and Super MessiKids Preschool Adventure program for the preschool students to continue our studies in reading, phonics, spelling, and handwriting.

Hebrew: To polish up our Hebrew skills, we will continue using the Hebrew readers and handwriting sheets available from Restoring the Way.

Culinary: Infused oil. This week we learned about the command to always have pure olive oil in the tabernacle so that the lamps might always be burning. This week, we will also be working with olive oil and make infused oil (herb or floral). Click here for instructions.

Craft: This week we will experiment with making olive oil candles. Click here for instructions for making the candle part. We will be decorating baby food jars that we had given to us by my brother (he has a 9 month old cutie) with dollar store glass rocks. I am simply going to have the kids hot glue the clear-ish rocks to the jar all the way around to give it a nice look when the candle is lit. As I mentioned in the opening sentence of this section, we are “experimenting” because as with any candle, we should never leave baby food jar candles unattended. Because glass heats from the temperature of the candle flame, there is always a possibility of the glass breaking. Tea-lights work best for baby food jar crafts because they produce the least heat and pose the least danger of glass breakage. Since we are using olive oil and wicks, we’ll have to see how it goes. I also wonder if the glass will heat so far as to melt the hot glue and skew our decorations. We shall see…

Science (Geology): I am going to ask my older kids to read THIS ARTICLE about gemstones and respond to it in a discussion with each other about Biblical gems.

Sewing: Perhaps we will finish a project we purchased the material for long ago: APRONS. Although the priestly garments did not include an “apron,” I am going to kind of adapt the idea of the breastplate here (and use a little creative license). We will be using either THIS pattern or THIS ONE. I suppose we could embellish the chest area with some felt applique or iron on circles in the same colors as the stones described for the ephod. Here’s a picture of what the ephod looked like.

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