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Have you ever been so excited about an upcoming event that you count down the days, eagerly marking each passing day on the calendar?

The holiday of Shavuot is just around the corner. But did you know that its date isn’t explicitly mentioned in the Torah? Instead, we count 49 days from the second night of Passover until the fiftieth day, and that’s when we celebrate Shavuot.

Why We Count Up, Not Down During Sefirat HaOmer

On Shavuot, we commemorate receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai. It’s a time of renewal, as we accept the Torah anew each year. Despite the excitement, we don’t count down to Shavuot; we count up. But what does that mean, and why do we do it?

Spiral book entitled The Counting of the Omer by Rabbi Simon Jacobson

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The Period of Sefirat HaOmer

The counting from the second night of Passover to Shavuot is known as Sefirat HaOmer, a 7-week period dedicated to spiritual refinement. We count upwards, reflecting our journey of personal growth and self-improvement.

Sefirat HaOmer is an incredible time of introspection and self-discovery. During these weeks, we focus on refining our character through the seven sefiros (attributes):

  • Chesed (Kindness)
  • Gevura (Strictness)
  • Tiferet (Beauty)
  • Netzach (Endurance)
  • Hod (Splendor)
  • Yesod (Foundation)
  • Malchut (Nobility)

Seven Weeks, Seven Sefirot

Each of the seven weeks focuses on one of these attributes. Every day within that week, we combine the primary attribute with one of the others, resulting in 49 unique combinations.

How the Spiritual Journey Works:

Week One: Chesed (Kindness)

  • Day 1: Kindness of Kindness
  • Day 2: Severity of Kindness
  • Day 3: Beauty of Kindness
  • …and so on.

Deep Dive into the First Week of Sefirat HaOmer

Day 1: Kindness of Kindness
This is straightforward: it’s nice to be kind.

Day 2: Severity of Kindness
This means it’s essential to set personal limits while being kind. Without healthy boundaries, you might overextend yourself or be taken advantage of.

Day 3: Beauty of Kindness
Tiferet is a blend of kindness and severity. Striking this balance leads to a beautiful outcome, reducing stress and enhancing well-being.

Make Each Evening Count During Your Spiritual Journey

Use each evening to reflect and improve yourself by focusing on these divine attributes. This self-refinement prepares you to receive the Torah in the most meaningful way on Shavuot.

Conclusion

As Shavuot approaches, embrace the spiritual journey of Sefirat HaOmer. Elevate yourself, refine your character, and get ready to receive the Torah anew. Make each day count, and transform your life with these G-d-given tools.

Watch the Video to Dive a Bit Deeper: Understanding the Spiritual Journey to Shavuot

A Question for You: How do you incorporate spiritual refinement into your daily life, and what practices help you stay mindful and balanced? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Planning a trip to the enchanting city of Venice, Italy? As you prepare for your adventure amidst the canals and historic architecture, it’s essential to pack wisely. From navigating the narrow streets to exploring the bustling markets, having the right essentials can elevate your experience in this unique destination. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first Italian escapade, I’ve compiled a list of must-have items of what to bring to Venice to ensure you’re fully equipped for your Venetian journey. From practical necessities to must-haves, discover what to bring to Venice to make the most of your unforgettable voyage.

1. Passport and Visa

Ensure you have a valid passport and any required visas for your trip to Italy. 🪪

2. A Plan

Research the sites in and around Venice that are of interest to you and those you’re traveling with  BEFORE your trip to make the most of your time. 📝

3. Comfortable Walking Shoes

Venice is a city of canals and narrow streets, so comfortable walking shoes are a must in your list of what to bring to Venice. 👟

4. Lightweight Clothing

Depending on the season, pack appropriate clothing. Venice can be cold in the winter, but in the summer keep it lightweight as Venice can get quite hot. I’d recommend bringing layers in a lightweight backpack. 🧢

5. Power Adapter

Italy uses European-style power plugs, so bring an adapter if your devices have a different plug type.🔌

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6. Language Guide

While many people in Venice speak English, having a basic Italian phrasebook can be helpful.🗣️

7. Water Bottle

Venice has flowing water fountains for drinking throughout the city, so bring a reusable water bottle to refill. 💦

8. Map or GPS Device

Venice’s winding streets can be confusing, so having a map or GPS device is handy for navigation. (Although getting lost is half the fun)! 😎

9. Sunscreen and Hat

Protect yourself from the sun, especially during the summer months. Bring a good pair of sunglasses with you too! 🌞

10. Cash and Credit Cards

There are plenty of popular places to shop in Venice! Ensure you have some euros on hand for small purchases, but also carry a credit card (in an RFD protected wallet) for larger expenses. 💶

Bonus Tip: Remember to research and tailor your packing list based on the season and your specific needs when traveling to Venice. ✈️

Have you been to Venice, Italy? If so, what surprised you the most about the city, and what would you add to this list of must-have items to bring to Venice? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Let’s embark on a Journey of Illumination for the Jewish New Year. As the Jewish New Year approaches, we are reminded of the beauty of new beginnings. It’s a chance to reflect on our past year and the opportunity to set intentions for the year ahead. In this time of reflection and renewal, we can draw inspiration from the teachings of a remarkable spiritual leader: Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. He was the founder of the Chassidic Movement, (1698-1760).

Each day, I read from an anthology of Chassidic pearls of wisdom and customs, called HaYom Yom. One entry says: ”The Baal Shem Tov was very fond of light, and said, ‘Or (‘light’) is the numerical equivalent of raz (‘secret’). Whoever knows the ‘secret’ contained in every thing can bring illumination.” These profound words encapsulate a timeless wisdom that holds relevance in our lives even today.

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The Profound Equation of Or (Light) and Raz (Secret):

At first glance, the equation of “or” (light) and “raz” (secret) might seem like an enigmatic riddle. But, if you delve a little deeper, you’ll uncover a profound truth. Just as light has the power to reveal the hidden beauty of our surroundings, so does understanding the secrets embedded within the fabric of our lives.

The Baal Shem Tov’s insight reminds us that the world (and our lives) are brimming with hidden treasures and mysteries. Each experience, each person we encounter, and each challenge we face, contains a secret waiting to be unveiled. By embracing a mindset of curiosity and a willingness to dive into the depths of understanding, we become seekers of the “raz” that leads to profound “or.”

Choosing the Path of Illumination for a New Beginning

As we stand at the threshold of the Jewish New Year, we have the opportunity to embark on a journey of illumination. Much like the sun rising over the horizon, revealing the beauty of the world around us, we can choose to seek the light within ourselves and the world.

Imagine a life where every experience is an opportunity for growth, every interaction a chance to learn, and every challenge a gateway to deeper understanding. By recognizing the potential for illumination in every moment, we shift our perspective from passive observers to active participants in our own lives.

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Embracing Timeless Wisdom:
Illumination for the Jewish New Year

The Baal Shem Tov offers us timeless guidance as we step into the Jewish New Year:

  • Seek the Hidden Gems: Just as we light holiday candles during this season, let us also light the candle of curiosity within ourselves. Approach each day with the intention of uncovering the hidden gems and secrets that lie beneath the surface.
  • Illuminate Through Understanding: Understanding is the key that turns the lock of illumination. By seeking to understand the secrets within every experience, we are granted the power to bring light to even the darkest corners of our lives.
  • Share the Brilliance: The light we discover within ourselves is not meant to be kept hidden. Just as the glow of a candle can light up a room, the insights we gain from embracing and sharing our God-given talents can light up the lives of those around us.

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Embrace the Equation, Embrace Light

As we approach the Jewish New Year, let us embrace the equation of “or” and “raz,” the interplay of light and secret. May we each embark on a journey of illumination for the Jewish New Year, understanding that by seeking the secrets within, we can bring forth a radiant light that guides us through the upcoming year.

May this year be one of growth, enlightenment and a deeper connection to the mysteries that surround us. 🕊️✨

Shanah Tovah! 🍎🍯

In what ways will you incorporate the concept of ‘illumination’ into your daily life moving forward?

What secrets have you uncovered in your own journey of growth and understanding? Join the conversation and inspire others with your thoughts and revelations.

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Life is an ever-evolving journey. Along the way, we often encounter lessons that shape our perspectives and define our paths. There’s a unique richness to the teachings embedded within various cultures, and the Jewish tradition is no exception. In this exploration of insight and enlightenment, I delve into “5 Inspirational Jewish Lessons People Wish They Knew Sooner.” 

These timeless lessons, brimming with wisdom and relevance, offer a tapestry of guidance and growth that resonates across generations. As I uncover these pearls of wisdom, I invite you to reflect on the journeys they illuminate and the transformations they inspire. Join me on this voyage of discovery, as I uncover lessons that have the power to enrich our lives in ways we wish we had known sooner.

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1. Empowerment Through Wisdom: Lessons for the Ages

Life has challenges. You can’t get away from them. Judaism offers a wealth of wisdom and guidance for every stage of life. From the powerful stories of biblical women to the teachings of great Jewish scholars, you can find inspiration and empowerment through connecting with the vast treasure trove of Jewish knowledge.

2. Personal Connection to Traditions: Exploring the Lessons We Long For

The richness of Jewish traditions and rituals provides a deep sense of connection and belonging. Weekly, monthly and annual practices like Shabbat candle lighting, holiday observances, and communal gatherings can bring a profound sense of spirituality and purpose to your life.

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Hanukkah Donuts (Sufganiyot)

3. Embracing Aging with Grace

Understanding the Jewish perspective on ageing can offer a fresh perspective. Judaism values the wisdom that comes with age. It encourages embracing new stages of life with grace, dignity and a continued thirst for learning and growth.

4. Community as a Lifeline

This is one of the most significant of the these inspirational Jewish lessons. Recognizing the importance of community is a game-changer. Engage with a local synagogue, a Jewish organization such as Chabad of Venice, Italy or a social group. They’ll provide a supportive network of like-minded individuals who share values, experiences and a sense of camaraderie.

5 Inspirational Jewish Lessons People Wish They Knew Sooner
5 Inspirational Jewish Lessons People Wish They Knew Sooner

5. Legacy and Impact: Embracing the Past and Shaping the Future with Insights We Crave

One of the greatest lessons is to realize the potential impact each of us can have on future generations. By transmitting Jewish traditions and actively contributing to Jewish causes, we embrace our role as a link in the chain of Jewish continuity.

Ultimately, what you learn now at any age, can profoundly enrich your life and the lives of those around you. The journey of discovery and growth in Judaism has no age limit.

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Let’s delve into the beauty and significance of Shavuot! In 2024, Shavuot begins at sundown on Tuesday, June 11 and ends at nightfall on Thursday, June 13. Here’s your guide to celebrating the Jewish holiday filled with unity, Torah wisdom and cherished customs. Join us as we explore the lighting of holiday candles, synagogue visits for the Ten Commandments reading, relishing a delectable dairy meal and immersing ourselves in the joyous tradition of night-long Torah study. Plus, discover the anticipation built during the counting period since Passover. Let’s embark on this enlightening journey together.

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Unity: Insights from the Lubavitcher Rebbe: The Lubavitcher Rebbe, one of the world’s most influential Jewish leaders, stressed the importance of unity within the Jewish community. He believed that unity not only brings blessings to the world but also serves as a foundation for spiritual growth. When we are truly unified as one people with one heart, then this is a fitting preparation for receiving the one Torah from the one God.

Lighting Holiday Candles: Illuminating the Path: As Shavuot commences, we light holiday candles, symbolizing the spiritual light that emanated from Mount Sinai during the Giving of the Torah. The warm glow serves as a reminder of the divine teachings that guide our lives and bring sanctity to our homes.

Let’s Talk About Shavuot: A Guide to Celebrating the Jewish Holiday!

Synagogue: The Ten Commandments Reading: A central element of Shavuot is the community’s gathering at the synagogue to hear the reading of the Ten Commandments. This powerful moment allows us to relive the awe-inspiring experience of our ancestors standing at Mount Sinai, ready to receive the precious gift of the Torah. Through this communal observance, we connect with our heritage and strengthen our bond with the Divine.

Festive Dairy Meal: Nourishing the Body and Soul: Shavuot traditions include indulging in a delightful festive dairy meal. There are various explanations for this custom, including our ancestors’ hesitancy to consume meat immediately after receiving the dietary laws of kosher meat consumption, until they were properly prepared for doing so. Moreover, the Torah is often associated with “milk and honey,” highlighting its nourishing and sweet attributes. As we gather with loved ones, we savor dairy delicacies, celebrating the richness of our heritage.

Night-Long Torah Study: Immersion in Wisdom: Another unique aspect of Shavuot is the tradition of staying up all night engaged in Torah study. This practice reflects our deep commitment to the Torah and our eagerness to explore its profound wisdom. Communities organize inspiring lectures, study sessions and discussions, fostering an atmosphere of intellectual growth and connection throughout the night.

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Counting Anticipation: From Passover to Shavuot: Since the conclusion of Passover, we have been counting the Omer, a period of anticipation spanning seven weeks. This counting represents the journey from physical liberation to spiritual revelation, preparing us for the momentous occasion of receiving the Torah on Shavuot. Each day brings us closer to this joyous celebration, infusing it with a sense of eager expectation.

Embracing the Essence: Shavuot is a cherished Jewish holiday that celebrates unity, the Giving of the Torah, and the joys of communal observance. From kindling the holiday candles to hearing the Ten Commandments at the synagogue, indulging in a festive dairy meal to engaging in night-long Torah study, every aspect of Shavuot serves to deepen our connection to our heritage and strengthen our spiritual bonds.

As we reflect on the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe regarding unity and the anticipation built during the counting period, let us embrace the true essence of Shavuot. Together, we can create a ripple effect of blessings that extends far beyond ourselves.

Wishing you a meaningful and joyous Shavuot celebration filled with unity, Torah study, and divine inspiration. Chag Sameach!

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Are you interested in shopping in Venice? Maybe you want to know about the best places to shop, what to buy, when to shop, tips for shopping, and any local customs or etiquette they should be aware of. 

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Venice is one of the most unique and enchanting cities in the world, and there’s no shortage of places to explore and discover. For those who love to shop, there are plenty of options to choose from, whether you’re looking for luxury brands or local artisans.

Luisa Spagnoli is one of my favorite stores for shopping in Venice!

Best Places for Shopping in Venice

One of the most famous shopping streets in Venice is the Mercerie, which is located near S. Marco Square. It is lined with shops selling everything from designer clothing and accessories to handmade crafts and souvenirs. It’s a great place to browse and soak up the atmosphere, even if you’re not planning to buy anything.

Another popular destination for shopping in Venice is the Rialto Bridge. This iconic landmark is not only a beautiful sight to behold, but it’s also home to a bustling market nearby that sells fresh produce, seafood, and other local products. It’s a great place to wander around and explore, and you’re sure to find some unique and interesting things to see.

All along the main thoroughfare called Strada Nuova, you’ll find many stores of all budgets. One that is very close to the Jewish Ghetto is OVS, which sells clothes for most everyone in the family, without breaking the bank.

Does Venice Have Luxury Shopping?

If you’re looking for luxury brands and high-end shopping, the Calle Larga XXII Marzo is the place to be. This street is home to some of the biggest names in fashion, including Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. Even if you’re not planning to splurge on designer clothing, it’s still worth a visit to see the beautiful window displays and soak up the glamorous atmosphere.

What’s the Best Way to Get Around in Venice?

There are a few ways to get around in Venice. One way is using one of the modes of Venice public transport. There are public water boats called vaporettos. There is also a traghetto, which looks like a gondola. It is a short trip that just takes you right across the Grand Canal at points where there isn’t a bridge nearby. Unlike a regular gondola ride, it only costs a couple euro and lasts just a brief couple minutes. But be careful! You have to have good balance, because most likely, you’ll stay standing along with all the others on the long thin boat! I have seen some people sitting on a traghetto in pictures, but if you want to feel like a local Venetian, just stay standing.

You can also take a private water taxi, but it is a more expensive trip. Often taxis are used to go to and from the airport, but not usually to go shopping in Venice. The same goes for a gondola. Gondolas are a beautiful experience, but they ar enot the every day mode of transportation for getting around Venice. And of course, there’s always walking. You can get pretty much anywhere you want to go in Venice by foot. So wear some comfortbale shoes and go explore the streets of La Serenissima!

Venice Off the Beaten Path

For those who prefer a more bohemian and artistic vibe, the Dorsoduro neighborhood is a great place to explore. This area is home to many independent boutiques and artisan shops, where you can find unique and handmade items that you won’t find anywhere else. From jewelry and clothing to home decor and accessories, there’s something for everyone in Dorsoduro.

No matter where you choose to go shopping in Venice, be sure to take your time and enjoy the experience. Venice is a city that rewards exploration and discovery, so don’t be afraid to get lost in the winding streets and canals. You never know what treasures you might find!

What else do you want to know about shopping in Venice? Can’t wait to read your questions in the comments below!

“Toward a Meaningful Life,” by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, is a thought-provoking and inspirational guide to finding purpose and fulfillment in one’s life. Rabbi Jacobson draws upon Jewish wisdom and spiritual teachings to provide practical advice on how to live a more meaningful life.

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The book is organized into chapters that cover a range of topics, including relationships, success, faith, and personal growth. Rabbi Jacobson uses real-life examples and anecdotes to illustrate his points, making the book both relatable and engaging.

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One of the strengths of “Toward a Meaningful Life” is its emphasis on the importance of community and connection. Rabbi Jacobson explains that we are all connected, and that our actions have a ripple effect that extends far beyond ourselves. He encourages readers to seek out meaningful relationships and to use their talents and resources to make a positive impact on the world.

Overall, “Toward a Meaningful Life” is a compelling and inspiring read that offers valuable insights into how to live a life of purpose and significance. Whether you are searching for deeper meaning in your own life, or simply looking for guidance on how to live a more fulfilling existence, this book is well worth reading. To date, it has sold over 300,000 copies and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Polish, Czech and Croatian.

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Take a journey through the beautiful city of Venice! Walk with me as I show you how to get from the Venezia Santa Lucia train station to the Jewish Ghetto, where you’ll find GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant, the synagogues and the Chabad House.

Do you know you can easily get to Venice’s Jewish Ghetto from the Santa Lucia Train Station. It’s about a five minute walk! If you choose to take a public boat, called a vaporetto the nearest stop is called Guglie. The boat stop is one minute away from GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant at the main entrance of the Jewish Ghetto. Watch the video below:

Video: How to Get to Venice’s Jewish Ghetto from the Train Station

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Are you looking for a nice Passover message to share at your seder table? Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew) begins before sundown Monday, April 22, 2024 and ends after nightfall Tuesday, April 30. As you prepare for the upcoming Jewish holiday, here are 10 memorable Passover thoughts to think about and incorporate into your daily life, now and throughout the year:

1. Passover reminds us that freedom is worth fighting for, even when the odds are against us. #Freedom

2. Passover is a time for family, tradition, and gratitude. Do something during the holiday that brings you joy, love and a renewed appreciation for the blessings in your life. #Gratitude

3. Passover isn’t just about matzah and maror, but the meaningful moments with friends and family. Look around the table and appreciate the precious time you have together. #Tradition

4. Passover reminds us of the power of hope and faith in the face of adversity. We can find the strength to overcome our challenges and break away from the things that limit us. We can emerge stronger than ever. #Hope

5. Passover is a time to reflect on our past and look towards our future. Let the holiday inspire you to live with purpose, kindness and compassion. #Reflection

What memorable Passover thoughts will you share at your seder table?

6. As we gather around the seder table, let’s be grateful for the blessings of freedom, family, and community. #Unity

7. Passover celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over oppression and tyranny. Let us never forget the courage and resilience of those before us, and strive to carry on their legacy. #Resilience

8. Passover is a time to reconnect with our roots, our faith and our values. Let the holiday bring you closer to what matters most. #Faith

9. Passover reminds us of the power of perseverance and the triumph of faith over fear. #Strength

10. The Passover story teaches us that even in the darkest of times, we can find hope and redemption. We can all strive to be agents of change and bring light to the world. #PassoverThoughts


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I hope you enjoy these inspiring Passover insights to share at your seder table. And even better, may they add meaning that will uplift and inspire you throughout the entire year. From my family to you and yours, we wish you a kosher, freilichen Pesach, a kosher, fun Passover!

Which of these 10 memorable Passover thoughts is your favorite? What are some others you would add? I’d love to hear!

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Purim 2024 begins Saturday at sundown, March 23 and ends Sunday night, March 24, and you can create some of the fun right at home with these 10 Purim Carnival Ideas. Do you remember the sights and sounds of a carnival when you were a kid? Read on to see how you can create that for those you care about.

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What is Purim and how is it celebrated? 

Purim is usually a community wide event celebrated with food, fun, games and entertainment. Whether in local synagogues or at other venues, you can hear joyous music, see creative costumes and hear the traditional greeting, “Chag Purim Sa’me’ach!”

Listen to the pronunciation of the Purim greeting here.

Why is Purim So Important?

Purim commemorates a 14-year dark saga for the Jews of Ancient Persia.  Queen Esther saved her people from the evil royal official, Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people.  

What Happens on Purim?

To remember the series of hidden miracles of Purim, we have four mitzvahs (commandments).  You can read more about the four mitzvahs of Purim here.

Host Your Own Purim Celebration!

You can make your own Purim Carnival.  Whether you actually have a backyard or not isn’t important.  These carnival ideas can even be done inside a small apartment like mine. (Keep a mop handy! JK 😃). 

The typical Purim festivities may not be happening as they usually would be.  But, the essential parts of the holiday (the mitzvahs) are happening and we all can create a wonderful Purim for ourselves.  

Young and Young at Heart Will Love These Purim Carnival Ideas

You can make the carnival games as simple or as detailed as you wish.  You don’t need to break the bank.  With a little bit of planning and some inexpensive supplies, you’ll be good to go!  

1. Sack Race

All you need is a starting point, a finish line and some large garbage bags.  This is probably one of my favorites.  It’s quite hysterical watching people of all ages jump, jump, jump their way to the finish line.

2. Bean Bag Toss

Place 3 colored bowls (they can be different sizes) in a line, each worth different points, with the bowl worth the most points furthest from the player.  Each player gets 3 tries to toss a ball into a bowl to accumulate points.  Player receives one ticket per point received or one ticket for each successful toss.

3. Three in A Row

Draw a tic tac toe pattern on a large poster board.  Using 5 bean bags, the player needs to get three in a row in any direction.

 

4. Pin the Hat on Haman

This is a take on the traditional Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but Purim style! Draw Haman on a large poster board and cut out some triangles for his hat.  Write each player’s name on a hat and add a piece of masking tape to the back so it will adhere to the posterboard.  Blindfold the player, give him a few gentle spins and watch the dizzy fun begin as he aims to put the hat on Haman’s head!  

5. Egg and Spoon Race

Just like the Sack Race, all you need is a starting point, a finish line, eggs and spoons.  Holding the egg in the spoon, each player races the other to the finish line.  It’s funniest if the eggs are raw.  If it’s too messy, use hard boiled eggs.

6. Ring Toss

Place 12 full water bottles standing in three rows of four.  The player tosses the rings trying to land them on the bottle spout. Or, you can use this cone and rings set.

7. Ladder Toss

Open a ladder.  Decorate with some streamers.  Mark each step with an amount of points.  The higher the step, the greater the amount of points. The player uses tennis balls to accumulate points by tossing them through the corresponding steps.

8. Flying Ducks

On a large poster board, cut out 5 circles that a rubber duckie will fit through.  Assign each hole a different point value: 20, 30, 40, 50 and 100.  Each player gets three throws.

9. Skee Ball

Cut 4 large poster boards of different colors into strips and staple them together to form circles.  Each colored circle should nest within the others, just like a skee ball game.  Each ring has progressively increasing point values.  Instead of rolling, the player tosses ping pong balls into the rings to accumulate points.

10. Ping Pong Toss

Place large disposable cups, each with a different hidden value written on the bottom, in random order.  The player tries to toss ping pong balls into the cups.  When he is finished with the balls, the points are added up. Mix up the order of the cups (and their point values) between players.

(Here’s An Extra Carnival Game)! Knock ‘Em Down

Using more of the large disposable cups, stack them face-down in the shape of a triangle (in a 1-2-3-4 pattern). Using tennis balls or something of similar weight, the player tries to knock all the cups over.


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Added Fun For Your Purim Carnival

Set up a photo booth! Use an easily made backdrop or one that is ready-made like this photo frame complete with a variety of party photo props.

A little decorating goes a long way.  Some colorful balloons and crepe paper streamers really can set the tone.  It’s super easy with this balloon pump set, complete with an electric air balloon blower pump.  And, I love these carnival style tickets that can be used for raffles and for the carnival games winnings.  Then, everyone can trade in their tickets for prizes.  Perhaps most important, don’t forget some delicious Hamantaschen on your prize table.  They are easy and fun to make.  Click here for my GAM GAM Kosher Restaurant Hamantaschen recipe!

Have Fun and Make Memories

Purim will come and go, and hopefully these 10 Purim Carnival Ideas will help you add some happiness to your holiday. We can take a lesson from Queen Esther.  Even under dire circumstances, she kept her Jewish traditions.  This gave her the strength to get through the challenges, even during some of her loneliest times.  As it is written in the Megillah, “For the Jews there was light, gladness, joy and honor.” So may it be for each of us!

If you need help arranging a Megillah reading or have any other Purim questions, please let me know at RebbetzinUnplugged@gmail.com. What’s your favorite of these 10 Purim Carnival Ideas? Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments below! 🎉 

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