Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fine Arts Friday: Parshat VaEra Edition

Israelis were divided into two groups today: those who were privileged to have snow in their own backyards and those who were forced to brave the icy roads in order to get their winter wonderland fix.

Although security considerations (ah, the travails of semi-anonymous blogging… ;-)) prevent me from telling you if we belong to the first or the second group, the halachot of snow day blogging apparently require me to share a picture of the Shiputzim kids’ snowy masterpiece:


And speaking of the Shiputzim kids and their handiwork…

About a month or two ago, ACSK (=a certain Shiputzim kid) had to do a project for school about one of the Ten Plagues and chose Makat Dam (the Plague of Blood).

Seeing as we will IY”H be reading Parshat VaEra this coming Shabbat, I figured that it would be appropriate to post the final result:

IMG_8416As always, feel free to click on the picture for a much better view.

In addition, here are a few close-ups of some of the details:

IMG_8409An Egyptian is upset, because his cup of water has turned to blood.

IMG_8412The well on the Goshen side has clear, sweet water.

IMG_8403An Egyptian has to buy water from a Jewish man.

IMG_8407A bathtub on the Egyptian side is filled with blood.

Special thanks to ACSK’s older siblings for all their help.

!שבת שלום ומבורך


  1. I like the $ on the money sign :)

  2. Diana - LOL! I was hoping someone would notice that... :-)

  3. Already included in the weekly review that will be up tomorrow.

  4. Ilana-Davita - Thanks! I look forward to reading your review.

  5. Very nice . . . I'm especially impressed with the arms and the hat on the snowman.

  6. I'm thinking ... it doesn't turn to blood after the Egyptian buys it? I shouldn't bother thinking about those details.

    I greatly enjoy all the expressive art! Shabbat Shalom.

  7. Laura - The specific parties who were responsible for the snowman's arms and hat appreciate the compliment! :-)

    Leora - Good question! I'm told that the drawing is based on the Midrash (Shmot Rabah), which teaches that in order to obtain drinkable water, the Egyptians had to buy it - at an inflated rate - from the Jews of Goshen. And even after the Egyptians purchased it, that water didn't change to blood.

  8. I never knew that midrash. A blog with educational value! And my husband thinks I just waste time at the computer...

  9. Malke - Yes, we're all about education here on Our Shiputzim... ;-)


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