This morning I had a co-op at the Mizel museum. I’m going to have to re-offer this next session because those who were signed up to come had to cancel at the last minute – which meant we were the only ones there. But, it was cool. I read these two books to my girls and then we went on a tour.
This is the showcase for Sukkot, the feast of booths.
Above the case is a small version of a booth.
We know a great Sukkot booth that is pre-made and ready to go…Weidenblume, of course the whole point is to build it yourself. Ah well….Here is their Torah in its case.
A Torah scribe has to train for 7 years before he can write out a Torah. You want him to train for that long, if there is any mistake, the Torah is burned and they start all over again. You never touch a Torah with your hands, the oils from your fingers could smear the ink and would definitely make the pages crumble, so you use a pointer like the silver one in this case.
This is a table set with the Seder meal for Pesach or Passover.
The girls found a frog, fly, lice and locusts symbolizing 4 of the 10 plagues. They already knew what the items on the plate symbolized: the lamb shank, bitter herbs, charoset, an egg, but the guide went over them anyway.
Here are some of the menorahs from the Hanukkah section.
I love this Jewish calendar art, you can tell that a lot of the festivals are during the Fall harvest time or the Spring time.
We went through the Holocaust room, there is a holiday to remember the victims of the Holocaust, but they don’t use that word. They use the word Yom Hashoah meaning the remembrance of calamity. In the reading room we read a few more books and looked at the stars, they are wishes or things that you will do to make the world a better place.
The Mizel museum is a beautiful place and this year they are offering free admission on the 30th of every month. It’s a small museum, but pair it with some books or a craft and you have a good outing.
מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקיים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך.
Transliteration: Modeh ani lifanekha melekh hai v’kayam shehehezarta bi nishmahti b’hemla, raba emunatekha.
Translation: “I give thanks before You, Living and Eternal King, that You have returned within me my soul with compassion; [how] abundant is Your faithfulness!”