Monday, May 10, 2010

This weeks Hebrew learning

I've been working for the past week on Hebrew lesson plans--with the help of my diligent disciples {a.k.a. "the kids"}, Microsoft Paint & Word and some fabulous websites {whose webmistresses have taken virtually all of the work out of this process- Bless you, Loni!}

We have been creating and collecting resources for learning the alphabet {ahem, aleph-bet}, days, months, numbers, seasons, & weather. Each week we are going to learn a blessing & focus on a name of YHVH.

We follow the Karaite Calendar (which differs from the Jewish calendar in that the new year is based upon the Abib state and month by new moons instead of rabbinic law}. New Moon Sightings & Abib in Jerusalem.

Why do we follow this calendar instead of the traditional Jewish one?

"You have made the moon to mark the seasons." ~Psalms 104:19
"These are the appointed times of YHVH, set-apart convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them." ~
Leviticus 23:4
Found some great links for the Counting of the Omer.

Here are some printable charts for Counting the Omer {Sefirat Ha'omer}. Keep in mind these are from a Jewish site, thus the Omer count starts and ends on different days, but the charts are great (and show Hebrew numbers) nonetheless.

To "count the omer", I printed 50 of these grain sheaf clipart images (well cut & pasted 50 then printed one page ;P

This is what we've been studying this week:

This week's Torah Portion:
Bamidbar "In the Wilderness" במדבר
Our Readings:
* Torah: Numbers 1:1-4:20
* Prophets (Haftarah): Hosea 2:1-22
* Gospel (Brit Chadasha): John 1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

This week's Torah Explorers for the bigger two boys (DS10 & DS7)
Torah Tots for DS4 (and maybe DS7)
Here is another Torah Tots for this week, that seems geared for even younger learners.

We are also studying the 7 Feasts of YHVH. You can find out a wealth of information here.
I made this to display on our Hebrew board:
7 Feasts of YHWH

I found the Hebrew months and days here and made these:
Hebrew Days of the Week

Here is a great chart for the seasons in Hebrew.
Weather terms are here and here. You can visit Hearts-In-Training to print out your own weather cards with pictures.

I created this for the Hebrew names of books in the Old Testament:
Hebrew Names of Books in the Tanakh תַּנַ

Here you can find the daily blessings (berachot). You can download study cards from Hebrew4Christians as well as names for YHVH.

**some of these are Jewish sites, others are Messianic. I do not necessarily agree with all doctrine presented in these sites, however I find their resources quite helpful.**

{H.O.W.} Biblical Holidays
Robin Sampson has done extensive work creating resources for understanding our Hebrew Roots. No search would be complete without visiting her sites.
Hebrew 4 Christians
TONS of information regarding the Hebrew language, feasts, blessings, names of YHVH.
Hoshana Rabbah
This is where I find the weekly portion & Torah Explorers worksheets.
My Jewish Learning

That's all for now. SHALOM~

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


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If you want to join now-- it's free! Plus get 50 swagbucks to start you out. Enter code SWAGNATION5 when you sign-up here!

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And here's my clue to add to the one on the blog: Info Here

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

And the winners are. . .

Thank you all for participating in the Giveaway for Gleaning the Harvest. I am so excited to announce the winners. . .
So, without further ado, the winner of the floral measuring cups and measuring spoons is. . .
Congratulations, Lindsey. You won with this comment:
I have the Gleaning the Harvest button on my site now!
And the second and third place winners are. . .

Second place won with this comment:
I donated. (entry #1)
Third place won with this comment:
I joined the facebook for keeping them H.O.M.E

I will email the winners later today :D