Posts Tagged ‘Rosh Hashanah’
Last year I decorated a t-shirt for my daughter for Rosh Hashanah. She was very happy with it, but it didn’t match anything she already owned. So I promised her that this year I would make her a matching skirt.
Let’s just say that the last 12 months has gone really fast! Rosh Hashanah was looming on the horizon and I still hadn’t gone shopping for a skirt pattern. So I took advantage of the fact that (a) my daughter is young enough to appreciate anything I sew for her (b) I have a stash of groovy fabric (as seen in my Rosh Hashanah challah cover) and (c) the internet is full of useful sewing blogs explaining how even people like me – with very limited sewing skills – can still easily rustle up a fun skirt.
It’s loud, it’s proud, and my daughter loves it. Maybe next year I should make my husband a matching kippah?
Looking for a fun and easy Rosh Hashanah card craft? This is a variation on an activity I saw on the Challah Crumbs website. Basically it involves printing apples using the usefully circular nature of the end of a cork. This may be easier said than done if you don’t drink wine – or even if you do, given how much less common wine bottles with corks are these days. It might be time to pop that bottle of champagne you’ve been saving for the right occasion. :-)
Fortunately for me, I saved a bunch of corks some years ago with the plan of making an entire pinboard out of recycled corks. The pinboard never eventuated, but the corks were still hanging around. (Yes, I am that sort of person who finds it hard to throw things away, how did you guess?)
Rather than keeping the corks completely round, I used a cutting blade to take out two small chunks to mimic the dimples at the top and base of an apple. The stems are just added in pen afterwards.
Corks are not uniformly flat, especially once you’ve impaled them with a corkscrew, but this adds to their charm in my opinion. I initially tested my cork stamps with ink pads, and I really liked the result. The handwritten Hebrew letters are less of a feature, but I was making this in a rush as a demonstration model for a class of children who were not going to be critical (thankfully!) I gave them some Hebrew alef-bet stencils and they enjoyed finding the right letters for their own cards.
We don’t have colourful inkpads at cheder, so there we used paint. It worked fine, but if you are doing this activity with kids then I recommend you have a scrap sheet of paper or cardboard where kids can stamp first to lose some excess paint prior to stamping their Rosh Hashanah card. This is because if you have too much paint on the end of your cork, you end up with a blob which looks less like an apple and more like somebody stepped on a paint bug and squished it to the page.
The advantage of paint is that you can end up with mixed colours which look fabulous, as my daughter demonstrates above.
Rosh Hashanah is in less than two weeks, so I foresee more cork stamping at home this weekend!
Update: I made cards for family on the other side of the country using ink, with a stamped greeting in the middle. I was pretty happy with how they turned out. It’s not so obvious from this photo, but the metallic gold apples looked great.
After seeing the fabrics I purchased to make my Rosh Hashanah challah cover, my daughter asked for a Rosh Hashanah t-shirt. This design was very quick and easy to make.
Step 1: Cut a circle or two semi circles of honey-ish fabric using double sided iron-on adhesive. (Anyone can be good at applique with this stuff – it’s fantastic!) I just drew around a plate to make my circle. Iron on to a plain t-shirt, and zig-zag stitch around the edge(s).
In case you’re wondering, purple has no connection to Rosh Hashanah as far as I am aware, it just happened that we had a plain purple t-shirt in the house and that saved me a trip to the shops. :-)
Step 2: Find a picture of an apple on the internet (or draw your own) and use that to apply a fabric apple in a similar fashion.
Step 3: add a stem and leaf in the same way.
That is all there is to it! It’s a really fast project (assuming you have a stash of suitable fabric and some iron-on adhesive!)
End result? One very happy daughter, who has subsequently worn her new t-shirt at every available opportunity!
If you like this, you might also like to see the t-shirt I made her for Pesach.
New Year is just around the corner, and I have been very busy in the lead up this year!
Following on from my earlier Chanukah and family handprint challah covers, I have now made one for Rosh Hashanah. (I think I’ll be taking a break from challah covers for a while now!) As Rosh Hashanah challah is round, so so is this cover, and the fabrics depict or represent apples and honey, two traditional sweet foods eaten for the new year.
I don’t have much patchwork experience and I wanted something simple (read: foolproof) so I found a very easy looking idea on the internet: a circle made by sewing triangles together. I made a template out of cardboard, just a triangle with a 30 degree point. 12 “slices” x 30 degrees = 360 degrees aka a full circle. By cutting the point of each triangle off before sewing them together, I didn’t need to worry whether or not the points would meet up neatly.
As you can see, it is not particularly circular at the edge, but you cut it back later. (Make sure you cut your fabric larger than you think you’ll need so that it’s not too small when you trim and hem it.) Alternatively, you might be smart enough to cut the template with the right curve built in – but I was sticking with simple!
Next I appliqued a circle to go in the centre and cover that hole. I printed off the text for L’Shanah Tovah (literally “for a good year”) using a font called Frank Ruehl and traced around it to put the outline onto double sided iron-on adhesive. A fair degree of fiddly cutting out and ironing on later, it looked like this:
I used a bit more iron-on adhesive to stick the circle in the right place. Then it was just a case of stitching around the edges to make sure nothing falls off, EVER, and including a few beads for decorative effect.
Finally, I cut a circle of fabric for the back, trimmed the front to match, sewed the two faces together (you get the general idea…). Next job, relocating that really good Rosh Hashanah challah recipe I used last year.
I wish you and your loved ones L’Shanah Tovah – may you be inscribed in the book of life for a sweet and blessed year.
My daughter, now aged 6, is really enjoying creating little items out of plasticine. This is her recent Rosh Hashanah still life, comprising apples, a pot of honey, three round challot, a black shofar and and orange and white Torah.
She had so much fun, she then produced a hamantaschen, a very wonky sukkah with table and chair and a lulav and etrog, among other things! I was very proud of her efforts and finished products, which were 100% her own work. My only input was encouragement and supply of the storage container.
Plasticine is really easy for little fingers to work with, comes in a range of colours and stays soft indefinitely. It’s great!
As my daughter (and our book collection!) continues to grow, I’ve decided to share the love and give some of our books away to friends with younger children. Before they go, here are my thoughts on them.
Happy Birthday, World – a Rosh Hashanah Celebration by Latifa Berry Kropf, illustrated by Lisa Carlson
Happy Birthday, World introduces some of the customs of Rosh Hashanah (eating apples dipped in honey, blowing the shofar, giving tzedakah) by comparing them with activities a child would associate with their own birthday (eating cake, tooting party horns, getting presents). The realistic illustrations show a contemporary boy and girl with their parents. It’s a board book with simple text, suitable for the youngest of children able to follow along.
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Apples and Honey – A Rosh Hashanah Story by Jonny Zucker, illustrated by Jan Barger Cohen
Apples and Honey introduces a more extensive list of customs of Rosh Hashanah, including wearing new clothes, performing tashlich and eating pomegranate on the second evening. Despite the title, it’s not really what I’d call a story, although it follows a family through a set of scenes. The illustrations are engagingly colourful. There are a couple of pages of explanatory material (in child-friendly language) at the end of the book, including one on blowing the shofar. I would suggest suitable for children 2 or 3 years old.
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How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round by Sylvia B. Epstein, illustrated by Hagit Migron
Jossi is the son of the local baker, and he is very proud to help his father make bread for the townsfolk. One day he is proudly carrying freshly plaited “challahs” to the oven when suddenly he trips. The loaves roll down the stairs, becoming round in the process. The townsfolk are at first unimpressed by these strangely misshapen challahs, but on the eve of Rosh Hashanah the local rabbi is inspired to find meaning in their shape, and soon everyone is agreeing with him.
This book assumes familiarity with the concepts of challah and Rosh Hashanah, and offers a gently humorous explanation for a question which probably occurs to children each Rosh Hashanah. The illustrations are very simple cartoons. It’s a little longer than the previous two books, and would be suitable for children over 3, or who are in that “Mum, why is….???” stage.
Last year I made some apple decorations to hang in my sukkah after Rosh Hashanah, based on an idea by Creative Jewish Mom. Then I saved my plastic soda bottles all year so my Shabbat Tot group of kids could all make their own apple decoration for Rosh Hashanah.
To make this craft easy for very young children, I prepared a bunch of different pieces of paper or plastic that I had in my craft stash: printer paper, crepe paper, cellophane, florists’ paper etc – some shiny, some matt, some translucent. These were all red apart from some gold cellophane to represent honey. All the kids had to do was select some pieces and scrunch them up, then put them into the container – perfect fun and easy enough even for 2 year olds. The “honey” went inside too. To finish off the apple, the child taped on a cardboard leaf.