Shmeni: Resources and ideas

In this parsha, the kohenim begin their service. Two of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, offer a “strange fire before G-d, which He commanded them not” and die. We also get the laws of kosher and non-kosher animals and learn about the purifying power of a mikvah.

I know we’re all coming down (or is that recovering?) from Passover, but what better time to get into the kitchen and cook/bake with your kids? And you just might find a renewed appetite for different foods – and eager helpers!

Links: Here are the Aish,, and Chabad pages on Shmeni. Here are some coloring sheets and a parsha song.


-All about kosher!

  • Watch a kosher kids cooking show
  • Explain the rules of kashrut – here is one good example for kids
  • Check out these fun kosher fish cupcakes (picture on the right!)
  • Sort through your play food or animals and talk about what is kosher and not
  • Cut out pictures of food from magazines/newspapers and glue onto a red (meat), blue (milk), or green (parve) sheet of paper
  • For young kids: circle the kosher animals on this worksheet

-Check out what they’re doing here on a Jewish Homeschool.

-For older kids, you can do a Hebrew parsha word search, sudoku, or math puzzle here.

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About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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