Shelach: Ideas and resources


tzitzit (Photo credit: ratterrell)

In this week’s parsha, we tell the story of the spies who are sent to scope out Eretz Yisrael ahead of the Israelites. They come back with huge fruit and declare the land unconquerable — all except Caleb and Joshua. The Israelites complain and weep (like last week-sensing a theme?) Hashem delays their arrival for 40 years so all of these people will die before they make it, and one repentant group storms the border (without Hashem) and dies. We get the laws of the meal, oil, and wine offerings, and the mitzvah to take challah is given. A man who breaks Shabbat is put to death, and last, we get the laws of tzitzit.

Links: Here are the Aish,, and Chabad pages on Shelach. Here are some coloring sheets and a fun video from Itche Kadoozy. And check out this good parsha overview with copywork and coloring.

Other ideas:

Try making a fruit mosaic with tissue paper squares or strips

Try making this Israel map mosaic (beans)

or this one (tiny pasta “beads”)

Make this awesome spy and giant fruit cake!

Read about tying – or actually tie- tzitzit (link contains different ties). You can also purchase new tzitzit if someone needs them, and wear them l’kavod Shabbat this week ( is having a sale on tzitzit now!)

Read a kid’s book about tzitzit.

Make challah for Shabbat, and then take challah from the dough

Any other ideas?


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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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