Jewish Journal


February 10, 2005




Forefathers of freedom

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." – Abraham Lincoln

What did Moses and Abraham Lincoln have in common? The answer is: They both helped to abolish slavery. Lincoln set in motion the idea of a United States that was made up entirely of free people of all colors. All people deserve the same rights – and they have the same responsibilities. In our weekly portion, Terumah, Moses collects money from all the Israelites so they can build the mishkan, the desert sanctuary. If you have rights you also have responsibilities. That's what growing up is all about.

Honest Abe Quiz

1) Lincoln was born in

a. Arkansas, 1859
b. Kentucky, 1809
c. Wisconsin, 1901

2) Lincoln was which president?

a. The 10th
b. The 16th
c. The 21st

3) What is the Emancipation Proclamation?

a. A document Lincoln signed to abolish slavery.
b. A dance that came out in the 1980s.
c. The democratic right to free speech.

Build a Log Cabin

Lincoln was born in a log cabin. As the Israelites start to build their sanctuary in the desert, you can build a log cabin for Lincoln.

You will need:

* Square tissue box
* Two packages of cinnamon sticks
* White craft paper
* Paint: black, gray
* Glue
* Brushes
* Scissors
* Pencil
* Ruler

1. Cut top off of a box. Turn upside down and cut doors and windows as shown. Leave door attached at one side so that it can close.
2. Measure and cut a 5-by-9 inch piece of white craft paper for rooftop. Paint black.
3. Trace and cut two side roof sections from white craft paper. Mark dotted lines on side roof pieces. Paint black and let dry.
4. Fold rooftop in half. Bend flaps on side roof pieces inward at dotted lines and glue to inside of roof top. Glue completed roof to the edge of tissue box. Let dry.
5. Paint box gray.
6. Lay the cabin on its side. Break or cut cinnamon stick to sizes needed as you work around the cabin. Apply small pieces of cinnamon stick around windows and doors for trim, and then fill in all sides. Do one side at a time and let dry before turning cabin to next side. Add a small piece of cinnamon to door for handle. You can use this Lincoln's cabin as a havdalah box, too.


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