This past week on February 28th, our family celebrated a typical Jewish holiday, Purim.
Although we are not Jewish I find myself constantly wanting to learn more about the Jewish background of our Christian heritage, and I felt that it would be a wonderful concept to explore this year for our whole family.
So we decided to include it in our curriculum.
After much searching the web for good resources on how to incorporate Jewish studies into a Christian curriculum, here is what I came up with:
Hebrew4Christians– we began using this site extensively to help us learn the Hebrew alphabet, especially for handwriting.
TorahTots-Now this is a cool little site for kids that help them learn about the Jewish holidays, background on each, coloring pages, fun online games, and other little odds and ends that help bring the celebration of Jewish holidays into a realistic point of view for kids.
But probably the most helpful and insightful of all of my findings was the company, Heart of Wisdom.
Here is what owner and author of A Family Guide To The Biblical Holidays has to say about the Jewish aspect of our Christian faith:
We study a Hebrew book-written by Hebrews; we serve a Hebrew Lord-who had Hebrew disciples; we desire to follow the first century church-which was first predominately Hebrew; and through Christ, we are grafted into a Hebrew family! It makes sense to study our fascinating heritage.
- I am not much of a seamstress, but decided to use the sewing version for creating the symbolic flags for our dinner centerpiece. They are found on pages 72-73 of Robin and Linda’s book, A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays
My daughter and I decorate with rhinestones