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Humans were created on day 6

Get your SKINNY on in less time than it takes to remind your kids to look up at the New Moon while trick-or-treating.



TAKE A BITE

 
7th Hebrew Month: Tishrei (to begin)
Book: Genesis
Chapter/Verse: 1:1-6:8
Torah Portion: Bereisheit (in the beginning)
Read this SKINNY for more on this week’s Torah reading
 

3 CORE THEMES

 

  1. Creation (God created the world)
  2. Adam and Eve (God created the first humans)
  3. Cain and Abel (God created the first siblings)

THE SKINNY

Creation


God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th.
Day 1: day and night
Day 2: heaven
Day 3: earth, seas, plants, and trees
Day 4: sun, moon and stars
Day 5: fish and birds
Day 6: animals and humans
Day 7: vacay (aka Shabbat - a day of rest)
 
The Hebrew calendar follows a lunar cycle. That means each new day starts and ends at sunset, not at midnight.

Out of respect for everything that came before us, remind your kids that God created humans last. 

 

Quotes for Kids

 
About this quote... 

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

 
Challenge your kids to describe a time when the wait was worth it.
 


THE PLAYERS

Adam + Eve


The first humans were Adam (ah-dahm) and Eve. The name Adam is connected to the Hebrew word Adamah (ah-dah-mah), which means Earth. On the simplest level, the connection to adamah is the basis for our connection to the Earth and our responsibility to care for it. It’s an easy jumping off point to teach our kids about respecting the Earth. 

All Hebrew letters have a numeric value. The first letter in the Hebrew alphabet is Aleph. Adding up the letters in a word has symbolic meaning. The letter Aleph has a numeric value of 1, in part because Adam was the first human and 1 is where we begin with creation. 

Eve’s name in Hebrew is Chavah (chah-vah), which is connected to the Hebrew root word for living and the Hebrew word Chai (ch-aye), which means: life.  The Torah refers to Eve as “mother of all the living”. The moms on Team SKINNY like that.

 

DINNER TOPICS

Cain + Abel


Cain and Abel were the first 2 sons of Adam and Eve. Cain grew up to plow the fields and Abel became a shepherd. Cain was jealous of his brother, which led to extreme sibling rivalry.  Jealousy is not being content with what we have and overcoming it means not comparing ourselves to others.

Parents can counteract the jealousy and sibling rivalry between their children by loving each child for their uniqueness and focusing on each child’s strengths in the family.

Ask each family member to write down 3 unique strengths of each of their siblings, then post them somewhere in your kitchen as a reminder.
 

READ ME

 
Today is the Birthday of the World
by Linda Heller
Ages: 2-3
Although this book is specifically about Rosh Hashanah, it focuses on the creation aspects of the holiday as the birthday of the world, a day when God and all Earth's creatures celebrate, applauding the contribution that each and every one of us - from the mightiest elephant to the smallest child - can make.
 

Tikkun Olam Ted
by Vivian Newman
Ages: 2-3
How can very young children participate in activities that make the world a better place? Little Ted shows us specific ways of participating in tikkun olam (repairing the world).


Gathering Sparks
by Howard Schwartz
Ages: 5-6
“Where did all the stars come from?” A grandfather offers an age-old Jewish explanation to his granddaughter and, in the process, teaches her about tikkun olam (repairing the world).

 
Light
by Jane Breskin Zalben
Ages: 7+
According to a sixteenth-century legend, when the world began the Creator intended to add sparks of light to all creation. Held in a vessel that broke apart, the sparks scattered. The task of people is to gather the sparks and contain them once again, thus repairing our imperfect world. Light is a mythical, poetic retelling of this story.

 
New Month, New Moon
by Alison Ofanansky
Ages: 7+
Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of a new month) is marked with a new moon. In this story, a family hikes out to the Negev Desert to observe the phases of the moon in the beautiful Israeli night sky.
 

NONPROFIT SHOUT-OUT

 

The seeds of Urban Adamah were planted a decade ago when Adam Berman founded the original Adamah Fellowship, a farm-based Jewish residential leadership program at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. In 2010, Adam brought the program to the West Coast and founded Urban Adamah in Berkeley, California.

Take your family to experience a Shabbat or holiday at the farm.
 


MAKER CHALLENGE

Recipes your kids can make

 

FAMILY EVENTS

Hightlight of the Week

 

Join the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Eighth Annual Family Gala, An Evening of Elements. Inspired by The CJM’s exhibition, Ned Kahn: Negev Wheel, you will travel the desert, delve into the deep seas, and explore the expanse of space without ever leaving the CJM!

Tickets can be purchased here.

Hebrew Calendar

30th Day of Tishrei
5777

 

 

Gregorian Calendar

Monday, October 31
2016

 
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

 

XO,
TEAM SKINNY.







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