Jewish tradition has plenty of examples of miraculous and magical sticks. Consider the story of the Exodus from Egypt: Moses and Aaron stand before Pharaoh, and Moses’ rod turns into a snake. When the freed Israelites are thirsty in the desert, Moses hits his rod against a rock, and water gushes out. And when the people grow rebellious, Aaron gathers the rods of all the tribal heads – but only his own rod miraculously sprouts flowers, thereby silencing his critics.
At dinnertime, use your gratitude stick as a conversation prompt. Pass it around the table and take turns reflecting on the things you’re grateful for.
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This Activity Is Best For Ages:
6 and up
Sticks and twigs in various sizes
Yarn in various colors
- Go outside and find a good stick or twig. Nothing too big or sharp.
- Cut a few lengths of yarn to about two feet long. (You can string beads onto some of them for added texture.)
- Tightly tie one end of each length of yarn to one end of the stick.
- Now wrap the lengths of yarn up and down the stick. When you reach the ends of the yarn, knot them in place.
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November 6, 2018