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Friday, October 3, 2008

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Attention Teens!


Although YALDAH is for ages 9-15, we're now looking for observant Jewish TEEN girls (ages 13-19) to contribute to a book of advice for teens that will be published by YALDAH! 
What areas do you need advice in? What areas would you like to share advice with other girls? Ever wish you had a wise older sister who had 'been there, done that'?  
Please send us your questions, problems, thoughts, comments, advice and more on any of the following topics (or suggest a topic!):

-My parents drive me crazy: Relationships with parents
-Why can't I hang out with guys? Boys, tznius, shomer negia
-I'm stressed out from school: stress & other school-related issues
-I am a nothing: depression
-If I am, who am I? Finding yourself
-Who says I'm peer pressured? Issues with friends & peer pressure
-Should I start planning my future? How? Thinking about the future
-Do adults know how I feel? Feeling like no one understands you
-I'm ashamed to be different: Being Jewish around the rest of the world
-How do I resist the temptations of the modern world? TV, movies, music, magazines, books that we should stay away from
-They say I'm bummed out: reputations & what others think
-Am I fat? Healthy eating, exercise & eating disorders
-What can I do to help my friend? When your friend needs help
-I feel limited: expressing ourselves & our talents in a kosher way

All responses will be kept anonymous. You can e-mail yaldah@comcast.net, or if you want to submit anonymously submit on the YALDAH website at http://www.yaldahmagazine.com/submit.html

Sunday, September 7, 2008

What Now?

Hey, this is the 100th post! Pretty cool, huh?

So, as you can see, Girl Fun has been pretty quiet for a while. I was at camp for three weeks and had an unbelievable, unforgettable, inspiring, fun filled summer - hope to see you there next year! ;-)

I was home for a short while, and now I'm back at school - as a SENIOR! 

So now my question for you is...


What do YOU want to see? Should we continue posts everyday like we had before? Weekly posts? Games on the website? What do YOU want to see that will make the YALDAH website fun (besides a forum...sorry)? 

Post your answers/comments. 

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Matos

"When are we going to finally get to go to Mount Rushmore?" Josh asked for the hundredth time.

"We have to drive up just one more mountain," his father answered patiently.

"But dad," said Naomi, "we just drove up a mountain."

"You're right, Naomi. We drove up one mountain, but there is still some more mountains to go."

"Dad, we keep doing that over and over again," Josh whined. "Every time we reach the top, we keep having to climb even higher."

"You don't know how right you are!" exclaimed Mrs. Levy.

"What do you mean, Mom?" asked Naomi.

"Well, let's think about what Josh just said. We read in the Torah about the travels of the Jewish people. The Torah tells us about the many destinations through which the Jewish people passed as they traveled in the desert. The Torah begins by stating, 'These are the journeys of the Jewish nation as they came out of the land of Egypt.'

"The verse says 'the journeys', but it only took one journey, the very first one -- from Ra'amses to Sukkot -- for the Jewish people to get out of Egypt. Sukkot is already out of the boundaries of Egypt. Then why does the Torah say 'journeys?'...

to read the rest of the article, visit http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/385641/jewish/Matot-Parshah-Lesson.htm

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Why was the baby ant confused?

because all it's uncles were ants!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thought of the day

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there's a light from within.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


because he wanted to get his teeth crowned.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Easy shmeezy granola

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/8 cup cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup melted butter

What to do:
Mix together all the ingredients. That's it! Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Decorated mirror

any kind of undecorated mirror, preferably with a wooden frame
scrap pieces of pretty cloth, buttons, beads, coins, silk flowers, ribbon, etc- the choices are endless

What to do:
Cover your work surface with a piece of newspaper so glue doesn't get all over.
Spread a layer of glue on one part of the mirror at a time. Stick on your decorations. You can overlap them or keep them separate. Don't worry about getting glue on the glass, it can be scraped off after it dries.
When you're done decorating, let the glue dry (it will become clear) before hanging the mirror.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


What's your favorite quote?
Post your answers in the comment section.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Pinchas

Little Moishy was going to shul for the first time. His family lived far from the shul. But he had just turned five and his mother felt that the long walk would not be too much for him.

“I know I can make it,” Moishy said excitedly. “And I promise I’ll sit quietly, right between Yanky and Daddy, and I’ll look in my siddur.”

Moishy was true to his word. He watched and listened carefully to the davening and to the Torah reading. On the way home, Moishy commented: “When I grow up, I want to be a kohen,” Moishy said dreamily, “Then I could be called up to the Torah first!”

“Oh Moishy!” exclaimed Yanky. “You can’t grow up to be a kohen! You’re either born a kohen or you’re not and we’re not.”

The boys’ father smiled. Then, with a twinkle in his eye, he asked Yanky, “Can you think of someone who was not born a kohen but became one?” Yanky thought hard.

“It’s in this week’s parshah, ” his father hinted.



“But wasn’t Pinchas the son of Elazar the son of Aharon the kohen?”

“Yes,” replied the boys’ father. “Once Aharon and his sons were anointed kohanim, all their children born afterwards would automatically become kohanim. But Pinchas was born before Aharon and his sons were anointed kohanim. Pinchas did not automatically become a kohen when his father, uncle, and grandfather were anointed.”

“Then how did he become a kohen? ” asked Moishy.

“He earned it. A man called Zimri committed a grave sin in front of all the people. Pinchas was very troubled and he rushed to punish Zimri right away so that everyone would see that the words of HaShem must be obeyed.

“It was dangerous. Zimri was a leader, and his tribe might have harmed Pinchas for what he did. Nobody would have expected him to risk his life. But Pinchas thought only about the will of HaShem, he did much more than what anyone would have expected. To reward him, HaShem made him a kohen.

“This is a lesson for us, too,” the father continued. “We can’t become kohanim, but we can be sure that when we do more than what is expected, HaShem will reward us in an exceptional manner too.”

Our Rabbis tell us that Pinchas and Eliyahu HaNavi are the same person. Eliyahu will announce the coming of Mashiach. How can we make Eliyahu and Mashiach come more quickly? By following the example of Pinchas, and serving HaShem in an exceptional way, even beyond the call of duty.

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What is the smartest state?
Alabama, because it has 4 A's and 1 B.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Zip zap zop

For this game you'll need at least seven people.

One person starts by jumping up, pointing at someone, and saying "zip."

The person they point to then repeats step 1, but they say "zap."

The third person says "zop."

Keep repeating steps 1-3. The person who messes up first is out and the game is over.

You can't do it right back to the person who pointed at you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


2 scoops of ice cream
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

What to do:
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Mix on low speed- don't blend for too long or you'll have vanilla milk! :)
Pour into a glass and enjoy.

for strawberry milkshake, add fresh strawberries. The more you add, the more flavorful it will be.

for chocolate, use chocolate ice cream.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Rock paperweights

pictures from magazines, little pieces of scrapbook paper, etc
glue, watered down with a little water

What to do:
Clean the rock off.
Cover the rock with pictures! You can either pick one picture that fits the whole rock, or make a collage with little scraps of pretty paper. Glue them on the rock and use as a paperweight on your desk or give as a gift.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Have you made any of the crafts or recipes posted on this blog? Which ones?
Post your answers in the comments section.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Balak

A king was waiting anxiously with a crowd of people. From afar they were able to see a man walking slowly, as if in a trance. The man looked strange: he could see with only one eye, and that eye had come out of it's socket. As he began to speak, the crowd of people turned away from him. Some were disappointed, and others were angry.

But the man ignored them and continued speaking as if a spell had ben cast over him. The story repeated itself twice more. Each time, fewer people came out to see and listen to the strange man, while others began to mock and laugh at him. The king finally became upset with the man and sent him home in disgrace.

Who was this kind and why was he so disappointed? The king was Balak. He ruled in ancient times, when people believed in magicians and wizards. Balak called the master wizard of his time, Bilaam, to try to curse the Jewish people. But Bilaam did not curse the Jewish people. Instead, he blessed them with words Hashem put in his mouth. His prophecies contain great blessings for the Jewish people and for teh entire world.

Bilaam prophesied about the coming of the Moshiach: 'I see it, but not now. I can gaze upon it, but it will not be in the near future. A star shall go forth from Yaakov and a staff shall arise in Israel."
The Rambam explains," 'I see it, but not now,' is King David. 'I can gaze upon it, but it will not be in the near future,' is King Moshiach. 'A star shall go forth from Yaakov,' is King David, and ' A staff shall arise in Israel,' is King Moshiach."

Why does the prophecy mention King David together with King Moshiach? First of all, to strengthen our faith that Moshiach will come. David was born many hundreds of years after Bilaam;s prophecy. We have be waiting even longer for Moshiach. However, we can be sure that the second part of the prophecy will be fulfilled, just as the first part came to pass.

There is also another lesson. Putting the kings together in the same prophecy shows is that they will do similar things. David spread the study of the TOrah and the observance of the mitzvos among all the Jewish people. He defeated all their enemies and brought peace to the land. He brought the Aron HaKodesh to Jerusalem and prepared for the Beis HaMikdash to be built.

These are the type of things Moshiach will do. Moshiach will bring all the Jewish people to keep the Torah. He will lead them to Eretz Yisrael where they will live in peace. And he will build the Beis HaMikdash.

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Joke of the day

2 jokes this week! :)

What month has 28 days?
All of them!

What kind of cheese is made backwards?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Be yourself!

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No bake chocolate cookies

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
2 teasp. vanilla
3 cups dry oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
wax paper

What to do:
1. In a pot, mix together the cocoa, butter, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. When it's boiling, turn down the temperature and let cook for 3 minutes.
2. Turn off the heat and add oatmeal and peanut butter.
3. Drop by spoonful on a sheet of wax paper. You can put them in the refrigerator if you want. As they cool, they'll harden a little.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Wrapped headband

Embroidery floss in your favorite colors
Buttons, beads, sequins, etc
Plastic headband
Hot glue gun (and an adult's help)

What to do:
Place a small dot of hot glue at one end of the headband on the inside. Place the starter end of your embroidery floss on the hot glue and start wrapping it tightly around the headband.
If you want to change colors, snip the thread you’re using and then put a dab of hot glue to tack the new thread into place.

To add buttons, simply run the embroidery floss through the buttonholes and position the button on top of the headband. Then, continue wrapping with floss.
When you reach the other end of the headband with your floss, tack it in place with hot glue on the underside of the headband.

Have fun! :)

Saturday, July 5, 2008


What's your favorite book?
Post your answers in the comments section.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Chukat

The eighth-graders were busy preparing for graduation. They were going to put on a presentation and everyone was assigned a job. Sarit was responsible for the scenery. As she was working one afternoon, her teacher, Mrs. Zack, called her.

"Sarit, you know Simi's mother had a baby and Simi needs to help at home in the afternoons. Simi's job was to arrange the props, and I would like you to take over for her. You are very talented and I am sure you will set up the props tastefully."

"Thank you for the compliment," Sarit said. "But scenery is what I do best. Wouldn't it be better if I just concentrate on my job and get it done well?"

"Come, Sarit," Mrs. Zack replied. "Let's take a short break from the paintbrush and do a bit of `living with the times.'

"In the Torah we read about the passing away of Miriam and Aaron. The Torah tells us that, in their merit, the Jewish people were accompanied by a well of fresh water and the clouds of glory on their journeys through the desert. When Miriam and Aaron passed away, the well and the clouds also disappeared."

"But," interrupted Sarit. "I remember learning that the well and the clouds accompanied the Jewish people right up to the day they entered Israel."

"That's right, Sarit. They did disappear with Miriam and Aaron's death, but they came back in the merit of Moses. And that's just what I wanted to discuss with you. The Torah tells us that the manna the Jewish people ate in the desert came in Moses' merit. Moses was a leader, and a leader knows and cares about his people and treats each one according to his needs. This is like manna - food which is given according to the needs of every person."

"That reminds me of the way our sages describe how Moses took the sheep out to pasture," said Sarit. "He let the young ones graze first because they needed the softest grass."

Mrs. Zack nodded. "Good, Sarit. Now perhaps you can figure out why the clouds of glory were in the merit of Aaron. I'll give you a hint - the clouds surrounded and protected all of the Jewish Nation, no matter who they were."

"Oh, I know," replied Sarit enthusiastically. "Aaron was a lover of Israel and no matter who they were."

"And Miriam," continued Mrs. Zack, "devoted herself to caring for the tiny babies in Egypt. Even in the depths of exile and turmoil, Miriam filled the people with life and hope. And in her merit came the water which flows from high places to low.

"Now, do you know why the clouds and the well came back in Moses merit? With Miriam and Aaron gone, Moses took upon himself to care for the Jews and fill in, devoting himself to the tasks that Miriam and Aaron had performed. This is what a leader is, a person who takes responsibility when the need arises, even if the tasks had originally been performed by others.

"Every Jew must learn from Moses. We too must do what has to be done. Even when we are dedicated to our specific job, we must be willing to take on more when the need arises."

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Have a good Shabbos!

Thursday, July 3, 2008


A man was walking along beside the road and found a crocodile. He went over to a policeman and told him about it. The officer said to take it to the zoo. The next day the policeman saw the same man with the crocodile and said, "I thought I told you to take it to the zoo!" The man replied, "I did, and now today we are going to the beach."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thought of the day

"The whole temple was destroyed because of pointless hatred, how much more so it will be rebuilt out of pointless love." - Chabad Lubavitcher Rebbe

Friday, June 27, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Korach

Think before you do!
by Leah Larson

This week's parsha talks about the rebellion of Korach. If you take a look at Korach's name it looks very interesting. All the letters - kuf, reish, and chet look similar to the letter hey but a little different. Hey usually stands for Hashem and it the way things are supposed to be. In the letter 'hey' there are three lines, and these lines represent thought, speech, and action. The lines of thought and speech are connected, but the line of action remains separate. The correct process is we first think about it, talk about it, and then take a pause to reconsider before we move onto action. But with Korach the shape of 'hey' is all deformed. Korach didn't have this process of stopping before action. We should all take a minute to think about what we're doing before we do it, so we don't end up regretting our actions!
Have a wonderful shabbos!

Joke of the Day

Q: Why do grooms stomp on the glass when getting married?
A: It's the last time they'll put their foot down! 

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Goals are dreams with a deadline. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Puzzle of the Day

 The dogs are trying to get to their bones! Follow the directions to see who gets there first.

1) The dogs that have the same names as flowers both move three spaces.
2) The dogs that start with the same letter all move two spaces.
3) The dog that has the same name as a food moves one space.
4) The poodle moves four spaces.
5) The dogs tied for last place both move three puzzles.
6) The yellow lab moves two spaces.
7) Oh no! Brownie falls down and moves back two spaces!
8) The dog with black fur moves three spaces.
9) Brownie runs ahead five spaces.
10) Buddy moves four spaces.

Who wins ? _____________

Tuesday, June 24, 2008



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Monday, June 23, 2008

Stained-Glass Look-Alikes

1. Cut 2 pieces of waxed paper to be the same size and shape.

2. Collect flat things that you want to encase in the waxed paper.

3. Place one sheet of wax paper down, and arrange all your flat objects on it. Add crayon shavings as a colorful background and surrounding color.

4. Get an adult to help with this step. Place the other piece of wax paper on top, and iron the artwork (make sure you iron on the appropriate surface, such as on top of some newspapers). Iron until all the shavings are melted and the wax paper is stuck together.

5. Wait for it to cool, then trim the edges. Make a hole near the top to hang it if you would like!

--from www.funology.com. 

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Survey of the Week

What are you doing for the Summer? Post your replies in the comments section. 

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Be happy!

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. 
-Anne Frank

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


To do this puzzle, just change each letter to a letter that is directly before or directly after in the alphabet. So “A” would have to be “B”, and “F” would have to either be  “E” or “G”. Once you solve the puzzle, the answer is spelled out.

Why did the golfer change his pants?


A   F   D   B   T   R    D         I    F       

_   _    _    _    _   _    _          _    _



H    P    S           B         G    N   M   D     

_     _    _             _          _     _    _    _ 



H    O           P    M   F   

_     _            _    _     _

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Carrot Yogurt Dip

Carrot and Yogurt Dip

You will need:
1 pound carrots, shredded
12 ounces of natural yogurt
1 clove of garlic, mashed
3 tablespoons olive oil
juice of half a lemon lemon
1 teaspoon salt

Wash, peel, and grate carrots. Add garlic, oil, lemon juice, and salt to yogurt and stir. Then add carrot and mix well.Serve as a dip with pita bread, crackers, or veggies. This makes a great-tasting and healthy dip. So easy!

-from www.easy-kids-recipes.com.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bouncy Ball

Submitted by Shira Ehrenkranz

You will need: 
One piece of paper & LOTS of rubber bands!

Here's what to do:
Take the piece of paper and crumple it into a ball. Then take your rubber bands and fit them around the ball- do one vertical, and the next horizontal, etc. 

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Survey of the Week

How are you going to help YALDAH this week? 
Post your answers in the comments section. 

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat B'haalotcha

The Flame
by Leah Larson

In this week's parsha, Parshat B'haalotcha Hashem commands Aharon about how he should light the menorah in the Mishkan. But Hashem uses an interesting word for to light 'b'haalotcha' which really means 'when you raise up'. Why is lighting something raising it up? Rashi explains that Aharon had to make sure the wick of the lamp caught fire until the flame raised up on its own. This teaches us an important lesson about ourselves and our Jewish soul. Every Jew has a soul inside them that is compared to a flame. No matter what way you turn a candle, the flame always reaches higher. Our souls are always reaching higher and higher, wanting to come closer to Hashem. 
But sometimes we don't listen to our souls. In fact, sometimes we ignore our souls so much that the flame shrinks to just a tiny spark. But it is still always there inside us, waiting to be ignited. We all have the potential to be a shining flame. That's what a lamp is - the lamp on its own doesn't give off light, but it has the potential for light. Aaron's job was to carefully and patiently nurture the flames until they each became a glowing fire. Every one of us has to patiently and lovingly help our friends and fellow Jews ignite that spark within them. Sometimes it takes a long time, but we all have the potential to be flames. 
Once our inner spark is ignited then each of us can shine on our own, and light up the world for more people. 
The Menorah is symbolic of the Jewish people. Even though it had seven branches, representing the fact that there are different paths to serve Hashem, it was made out of one solid block of gold. This shows that even though we have difference, all Jews are united as one. 
May we all have the strength to keep reaching higher and lighting up the world for others until the day Moshiach comes!
Good Shabbos!

Funny Friday

One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on an exotic parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher. Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid - the fine bird was finally his!

As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, "I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can't talk!"

"You have nothing to worry about", said the Auctioneer, "He can talk. Who do you think kept bidding against you?!"

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Faith is like electricity. You can't see it, but you can see the light.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Summer is coming up...

Since summer is just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to have a puzzle getting from spring to summer. Just follow the clues and if a letter is highlighted the same color as a blank, it means the same letter is in the new blank. Have fun!

1. The month before May     _ _ _ _ _ 

2. A holiday where we dress up in costume and boo the evil Haman      _ _ _ _ _  

3. A food with cheese, sauce, and toppings     _ _ _ _ _        

4. Opposite of sad                  _ _ _ _

5. We talk on this to our friends          _ _ _ _ _ 

6. Opposite of above         _ _ _ _ _ 

7. Color of mud            _ _ _ _ _                     

8.  A sport with a racquet and ball; is played on a court          _ _ _ _ _ _  

9.  King is married to the   _ _ _ _ _


Sunday, June 8, 2008

Cherry Cheese Tarts

This is a great recipe for Shavuot when it's customary to eat dairy!

1 8-ounce cream cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sugar
1 cup ground nuts or graham cracker crumbs
1/3 stick melted butter or margarine
3 tablespoons sugar
1 can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease or use vegetable spray on tart pans. Blend cream cheese with egg, vanilla and ¼ cup sugar. Set aside. Mix ground nuts (or crumbs) with butter and 3 tablespoons sugar. Press crumbs on bottom of tart pans. Fill evenly with cheese mixture. Bake till set (about 15-20 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool. Spread a few cherries on the top before serving. Makes 12 Mini tarts.

Collage Flower Placemat

When the Torah was given, Mt. Sinai blossomed with flowers. Therefore, it is customary to decorate our houses and tables with flowers on Shavuot. Here's a fun and easy flower craft. 

You will need:
Nature/Gardening Magazines
Tissue Paper
Clear Contact Paper/Lamination

Cut your piece of cardstock to the size of a placemat. Cut out photos of flowers from the magazines, or use photos of flowers you've taken yourself. Arrange them on the cardstock. Cut out flower shapes from the tissue paper and add them to your collage. Glue everything down and let dry. Once the glue is dry, cut the contact paper to the size of your placemat, and carefully cover the placemat (front and back) with contact paper. Enjoy your Shavuot placemat!

Survey of the Week

What's your favorite part about the holiday of Shavuot?
Post your answers in the comments section. 

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot starts tonight at sundown, and lasts until Tuesday night. Monday and Tuesday's posts will be posted today, and the regular posting schedule will continue on Wednesday. 

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Nasso

Hi! Oy....a week without posts. I'm looking forward to next week where I REALLY will post every day!
Good Shabbos!


Rina crept down the stairs. The house was dark and very quiet. She pushed open the back door, hoping that the creaking would not wake the rest of the family. She walked across the grass and sat down on the bench under the old oak tree. This was the last night in the house. Tomorrow the family would be moving to 45 Elm Place. Rina did not want to move. She had lived in this house since she was born, had built tree-houses in the oak tree and knew every hiding place for a good game of hide and seek. She had seen the new house. It was empty, cold and smelled of fresh paint. It did not feel like home. She jumped suddenly; a shadow had moved.

"Is that you, Rina?" her brother Rafi asked, as she breathed a sigh of relief.

"Hi," Rina replied. "Have you also come to say goodbye to the garden?"

Rafi grinned sheepishly and nodded. Then he turned to her, saying: "Mummy told me that on Sunday, when we have settled in the new house, we are going to have a big party, and we can invite all our friends. The party is going to be a house warming."

"What' s that?" Rina asked.

Rafi explained that it was a party celebrating the move into a new house. He said that in Hebrew it's called "chanukat habayit," which means "the dedication of the house."

Rina started to look interested. "You know," she exclaimed, "that' s a bit like what is happening in this week's Torah portion! The Jews had finally finished building the Mishkan, the Sanctuary for G-d, and then they had a celebration called 'the dedication of the altar.' It sounds as if it's a similar idea to our 'dedication of the house!'"

"What happened at the dedication of the altar?" asked Rafi.

"It went on for days, in fact, for twelve days. On each day a prince, the head of one of the tribes, brought offerings for the dedication of the altar. There are twelve tribes, so it took twelve days."

Rafi was impressed. Imagine if their house warming would take twelve days...

The brother and sister happily walked together back to the house, where they met their mother telling them to go up to bed quickly. Tomorrow would be a busy day! They fell asleep dreaming of gardens, offerings, suitcases and parties.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Joke of the Day

Maurice and Becky are arguing over who should brew the coffee each morning.
Becky says, "As you get up first in the morning, Maurice, you should make it. Then we won't have to wait too long for our coffee."
"But you’re in charge of all the cooking," replies Maurice, "that’s your job, so you should make it. And if I have to wait for my coffee in the morning, well, I don't mind."
"But it says in the Torah that the man should make the coffee," says Becky
"OK, responds Maurice, "if you can show me where it says that, I’ll never question you again."
Next day, Becky borrows a Chumash from her neighbour and shows Maurice that on the top of several pages it indeed says ‘Hebrews’.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thought of the Day

Don't worry too much about making an impression, work on making a difference.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Weekly Puzzle

To do this puzzle, just change each letter to a letter that is directly before or directly after in the alphabet. So “A” would have to be “B”, and “F” would have to either be “E” or “G”. Once you solve the puzzle, the answer is spelled out.

Why did the golfer change his pants?

A F D B T R D          I F
_ _ _ _ _ _ _           _ _

H P S            B       G N M D
_ _ _              _       _ _ _ _

H O      P M F
_ _        _ _ _

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fruit-Yogurt Sundae

Cut up your favorite fruits. Some ideas are strawberries, bananas, oranges, mangos, kiwi's...Mix in about a cup of yogurt. For an extra treat, top off with some sprinkles, or for a healthier option sprinkle on nuts. Enjoy! 

Monday, May 26, 2008

Make a bookmark!

You will need:
White Cardstock
Decorative materials/paper/markers/photos
Glue Stick
Clear contact paper
Hole puncher

Cut the white cardstock to the size bookmark you want. Cut out other colored paper in shapes, photos, draw a picture...whatever you want! Glue it all down. Cover the whole bookmark with clear contact paper. Punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it. Happy reading!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Survey of the Week

Which female in the Torah are you most like? Why?
Post your answers in the comments section.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Bichukotai

Oy! I'm so sorry about not posting so often! If you've ever been on the schedule where you seriously can't figure out when to sleep because 24 hours is just not enough time to do everything you need to get done, then I'm sure you understand...
But as busy as I am I'm REALLY going to try to post every day next week!

Here's a story/dvar torah for Parshat Bichukotai:

Care to Win
By Mendy Loewenthal

"You must pass the ball to each other," Ms. Gibson said. "If you want your team to win, you all need to work together, if you just try to run down with the ball and play your own game then your team will lose."

Sarah's team was in the middle of the first game of the interschool competition and they had a new coach. They all stood huddled around him at halftime, listening to his words of wisdom and inspiration intended to keep them going through the second half and carry them through to a win.

"It doesn't sound as if she cares whether we win or lose," Sarah said to Miri as they jogged out to the field. "All she says is, 'if you do this you will win, if you do that you will lose.' It's all 'if you,' 'if you.'"

"Yeah," Miri said. "Instead of telling us that we will lose, it would be nice if she would encourage us to play well in a positive way."

"It's like this week's Torah reading," Sarah said. "The reading starts with the words 'If you follow My laws.' We had a long discussion in class about the word 'if.' Does it mean 'if,' or does it mean 'please'"?

"What's the difference?" Miri asked as they waited for the whistle to blow.

"Well, this little word," Sarah explained, "changes the whole meaning of the verse. It could make G‑d sound as if He doesn't really care whether we win or lose, and all He is saying is 'if you keep the mitzvot you will be blessed.' Or, it could be a passionate plea from G‑d that we should keep the mitzvot and learn Torah, and consequently we will be blessed."

"So," Miri said, "what did you decide, does G‑d care if we do the mitzvot?"

"The Talmud says," Sarah explained "that G‑d is pleading with us to do the mitzvot. G‑d wants us to live a life filled with positive things. He wants us to study Torah and do the mitzvot, such as being kind to each other and kind to our parents, to our brothers and sisters and being good to a lonely person, and like Shabbat and kosher and so on."

"Wow! Pleading with us! That's amazing," said Miri.

"Yeah," said Sarah. "But most importantly He wants us to win the game!"

"Remember to pass…!" Miri yelled as she ran for the ball...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Puzzle of the Day

For this puzzle, find the number that fits in the blank. Then at the bottom, fill in the letter that goes with the number you filled in. When you are done, you will find a message.

Number of months in a year __ = H
Number of shoes you put on in the morning _ = O
Number of days of Hanukkah __ = S
Number of hours in a day __ = A
Number of days in a week __ = M
Number of months in summer __ = C
Number of letters in the word yaldah __ = O
Number of sides of a pentagon __ = W
Number of heads you have __ = I
Number that 24 X 2 makes __ N
Number of legs a dog has __ = H

___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___   ___             ___   ___   ___
  7       8      2      4      1       24    3      12               48     6      5

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Going Away

I will be away until Saturday night with no internet access, so there will be no posts until then.
Good Shabbos!
Leah :-)

Good News!

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We'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Puzzle of the Week

Find the letter that ends the first word and starts the next. Once you find all the letters, it will spell out a message from top to bottom.

Happines _ ervice

Soa _ icture

Directo _ oof

Spaghett _ nteresting

Fu _ othing

Wron _ irl

Min _ srael

Gift _ illy

Punc _ ope

Tim _ xpress

Rathe _ ing

Tap _ nvelope

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Chocolate Pudding

**For this recipe, you will need a parent's help.**

Cook Time: approx. 10 Minutes.
Yields: 8 servings.

1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
5-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup margarine or butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Place over medium heat, and stir in milk. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in margarine and vanilla. Let cool briefly, and serve warm, or chill in refrigerator until serving.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sefirat Haomer Chart

You Will Need:
Poster Board
(optional) Other decorating supplies: glue, glitter, fake flowers, sequins, etc

On the posterboard draw a big mountain with the 10 Commandments on the top. Then draw 49 footprints (or rocks, or flowers, or whatever you want) leading up the mountain. Number them 1 to 49 starting from the bottom and moving up to the top. Use your decorating supplies to decorate around the mountain however you'd like. Each night that you count the omer, color in one of the footsteps (or rocks, or flowers, etc.)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Survey of the Week

What's your favorite color? Post your answers in the comments section.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Emor

by Leah Larson

In this week's Parsha, Parshat Emor, Hashem gives the commandments to sanctify Hashem's name, and not to desecrate Hashem's name. What does it mean to sanctify Hashem's name? Another word for sanctifying Hashem's name is 'making a Kiddush Hashem'. When we hear the word Kiddush Hashem, we might think of a great action from long ago. For many years Jews had to give up their life if they wanted to remain Jewish, and of course that was a big Kiddush Hashem. But now we, Baruch Hashem, live in a world where we don't have to give up our lives to be Jewish. We can live a Jewish life in peace and freedom. Now instead of dying for Hashem, we have to live for Hashem. We do this by living a Torah lifestyle, and by showing others how a Jew behaves.
For example, if you're out in the supermarket with your siblings, people around you are watching to see how Jews act. We are Hashem's representatives! If you are responsible and kind with your siblings, you hold the door for someone, or you offer to help an elderly woman carry her groceries, you make a big Kiddush Hashem! You show people that Jews are kind and helpful. But if you fight with your siblings, whine, and run around the store, then that is a Chillul Hashem, desecrating G-d's name. 
We are always Hashem's representatives, so wherever we are we have so many opportunities to make a Kiddush Hashem! Whether it's at school, in the park, on vacation, or in a museum, you can act the way that will make Hashem proud. 
Good Shabbos!

Joke of the Day

Knock, knock!
Who's there?
Handsome who?
Handsome of those cookies over please.  I'm hungry!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thought of the Day

"Don't tell G-d how big your problems are -- tell your problems how big G-d is!"

When we realize that Hashem (G-d) can do anything and fix anything, our problems seem much smaller and easier to deal with. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Parsha Crossword Puzzle

Here is a crossword puzzle about this week's Parsha, Parshat Emor. For the interactive online version click hereClues:
2. For six days we work and on the seventh day is ________
3. We eat matzot on __________
5. On Rosh Hashanah we blow the ________
6. We count the Omer for 49 days, and teh 50th day is the holiday of ___________

1. The Kohen ______, the High Priest, is never allowed to become impure
4. The name of this week's Parshah
5. A newborn animal must be left with his mother for at least _______ days

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Apple Crunch Dip

You will need:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup rice crispies
2 apples

Microwave the peanut butter in until melty. Mix in the rice Crispies. Cut apples into slices and dip them in the crunchy dip! 

Monday, May 5, 2008

Want the next issue?...

Make a Flower Mirror

You Will Need:

Fake Flowers 
A wall mirror 
White glue , craft glue , or hot glue 

Arrange the flowers around the outer sides of the mirror (or any way you'd like) them, glue them down, and let it dry for at least 1 day before hanging it up . Gaze back at your pretty face, surrounded by flowers! 

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Survey of the Week

Oops! Sorry for the gap in posting - I will REALLY try to make sure to post every day, even though I'm very busy now. 

The Survey of the day is:
What do you think you can do to make a difference in the world?
Post your replies in the comments section. 

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but theyre always there! 
Appreciate your friends, and you never know you might meet a new freind any day!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Back to regular posting!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Pesach. Sorry for the break in posting. Hopefully, IY"H, we'll be back to a regular schedule now. So for 'Winning Wednesday' here's a fun game to play with friends or family. 

One person says a letter. Then each person, one at a time, has to say a letter, forming a word. The letter you say has to have the possibility of forming a word, but if you end a word you get a point. The first person with 5 points is out. If you think that the letter someone says doesn't have the possibility of forming a word, you can challenge them, and they have to tell you what word it could form. If they don't have one right away, they get a point. 

Example: One person says A. The next person says N (even though AN is a word, 3 letter words or less don't count). The next person says I, then M, then, A (ANIMA can lead to a word but isn't a whole word itself). The person that says L ends the word ANIMAL and gets a point.  A new round starts. 

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Happy Passover!

As we're getting closer to Pesach (Passover) I don't think I'll have time to update the website too often. Hopefully I will be able to post a few Pesach insights and thoughts before Pesach and throughout the eight days to make it more meaningful for you. In the meantime, check out the links below for great Pesach websites! Wishing you and your families a kosher and happy Pesach! 
-Leah :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Seder Games!

Here are some great games to play at the Seder or anytime on Pesach!

This is an interesting game that doesn’t take a lot of work to prepare. Go around your house and find different objects such as an egg, a stuffed animal, or any objects you would like to use. Put all of your collected items in a bag. At the seder, pass around the bag and have each person take one object out of the bag without looking. Now have the person tell how each object is related to the story of Passover. 

Before the seder, write down on different sheets of paper people or things connected to the story of Passover, such as frogs, Moses, lice, etc. In the middle of the seder, have someone put on a scarf or bandana and tape one of the objects/ people on the scarf, so everyone can see except the person wearing the scarf. Now the person wearing the scarf tries to figure out who or what he is by asking yes or no questions. If they figure it out quickly give them a small prize.

This game is like charades. Have different sentences from the Haggadah prepared ahead of time on sheets of paper. Each person randomly selects a piece of paper. Then that person acts out the sentence he has been given without talking. Everyone else then tries to guess what he is acting out. The person may use his hands to say how many words are in the sentence, and he can indicate that words or sentences rhyme by touching his ear.

To download a Seder Trivia Game, click here!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pesach Candy!

Sugar Water

Use sugar water as oil and fry the nuts in the sugar water, and it will come like crystals on the nuts. Enjoy!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Seder T-shirt Pillow

Make this fun & easy pillow to recline on at your seder!
Idea from www.kaboose.com. 

What you'll need:
Large t-shirt
Two rubber bands
One-pound bag of fiberfill or stuffing
Decorating Materials

1. Turn the sleeves of the shirt inside the shirt.
2. Close the neck opening of the shirt using one of the rubber bands.
3. Stuff the inside of the shirt with the fiberfill or stuffing.
4. Close the bottom of the shirt with the second rubber band.
5. Tie a ribbon in a bow around each rubber band.
6. Turn the pillow so that the ribbons are on each side.
7. Decorate however you want! Try fabric markers, puff paint, sequins or anything else!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Survey of the Week

What's your favorite feature in YALDAH? Post your replies in the comments section. 

Friday, April 11, 2008

Dvar Torah for Parshat Metzora

Hidden Treasure
by Leah Larson

        Last week I had a very early-morning flight to catch. I knew I'd have to wake up at 6:00 AM to be out the door in time. At 6:20 I was woken up by my cell phone ringing -- my father called to tell me that my flight was cancelled, but he'd gotten me on a later flight. Although I was upset that my flight was cancelled, I realized that if everything had gone as planned I would have kept on sleeping and missed my flight -- I had forgotten to set my alarm clock! 
      All the time things in our lives happen that seem negative. Sometimes we're lucky, like in my case, to realize right away how they're really good. Sometimes we find out many months later how it really lead to something good, and sometimes we don't even see it at all. 
      Parshat Metzorah talks about how someone who has the spiritual disease of Tzaarat can be purified. In some cases of Tzaarat, the Tzaarat spread to the house as well, and the walls of the house had to be taken down. Tzaarat seems like something very negative, but something positive even came out of this. During the years that the Jewish people were traveling in the desert, the nations living in Canaan hid their gold in the walls of their houses, because they feared the Jews would take it just like they took the gold from Egypt. When Bnei Yisroel conquered and settled in Canaan (Eretz Yisroel), they didn't know about this gold. When someone with Tzaarat had to knock down the walls of his house, he saw the great treasure hidden there. 
      This is a great lesson for us. Sometimes though going through something hard or unfortunate we really gain many treasures. 
      When Moshiach comes, we will also see how everything negative about this Galus, was really just for the sake of the good that will come out of it -- a perfect world. May we merit to see this right now!