Holiday Decor

Rosh hashanah


 




http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2014/09/rosh-hashanah.html


Purim


http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2014/03/purim.html



Hanukkah


Star of David out of yard sticks
http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2014/01/star-of-david-out-of-yardsticks.html


Dreidel Bags
http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/11/reusing-old-and-covering-everything-in.html


Eight Lights pendant


Gold Glitter candle holders



http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/12/glitter-tape-candle-project.html


http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/11/reusing-old-and-covering-everything-in.html

 CANDLE BANNER


http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/11/making-banner-for-hanukkah.html


WOOD LETTERS


Miracles candle holder

http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/12/dollar-store-miracle-candle-holders.html


LARGE PUMPKIN


http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/11/charlie-brown-photo-shot.html


HALLOWEEN AND THANKSGIVING




http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2013/10/fall-is-here-and-new-decor-for-new.html


New Years Eve


http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2014/01/new-years-eve-decor.html



Valentines Days


http://wheelerthree.blogspot.com/2014/03/valentines-day.html


Built in shelves



We made a built in shelving unit
To begin we started with the edge of the shower tile and cut a hole in the wall until we hit a stud.
We had 12 inches and then we went down about 4ft.  



We made the shelves first so we could put screw in connecting each of the shelves to the side
on the outside of the frame so they would not be seen when the unit is placed in the wall.















Then we cut the back beadboard panels to fit each square and nailed then onto the back


 

 Then we pushed the unit into place



Then we took some picture molding and put it around to cover up the gaps





A Few Jewish Thought

Learning the first little bit of Hebrew.
I learned the Shema first.
Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.

My husband taught me to say this by using English words that sound like the Hebrew words.
Adonai (add a nine) Eloheinu (Ella hey new) Adonai (add a nine) echad (a hod)

The Talmud teaches, “Jews are the compassionate children of compassionate parents.”
Jews don’t retreat from life, we elevate it.

Of the thousands of religions in human history, only Judaism bases its belief on national revelation ― i.e. God speaking to the entire nation. If God is going to start a religion, it makes sense He'll tell everyone, not just one person. G-d spoke at Mt Sinai to around 2 million people who left Egypt.  It states that there was thunder and the earth shook.  The people could hear G-d's words.

Why we do not believe in born again- the message of the Torah has always been to have faith in God for salvation and not "work your way."


G-d knows everything.  He also knows what he needs us to know now and in the future so when he said everything we need to know he gave us in the Torah and nothing can be added to it or taken away from it ever.  So Jesus saying we need to be born again and that he is the blood sacrifice that we never needed was what made it easy for Jews to see his claim was false.

G-d also said there will have to be 2 witnesses to any claims of G-ds works.  Mary was the only one to hear the angel talk to her, Jesus talk to G-d alone so again easy to not believe.  Which is why Jesus had to go to the lower people, the pagans and the non jews to find followers because anyone who knows G-d's word would never believe the contradictions to the Torah.

When their is a prophet like Jeremiah, G-d said we will know if a prophet is true if his prophecies come true.  So when he states the prophecies and it comes true then everyone is a witness.  So the prophecies would have to take place in their lifetime.  So prophecies like Paul's would not be true because he couldn't prove it by it coming true in his lifetime.



Happiness and Forgivness

Happiness

G-d didn't give the Torah to save us.  As Christians feel we needed saving and we need a blood sacrifice.  But G-d didn't say we needed saving.  If their religion is based on Judaism than the truth is G-d gave us the laws to show our obedience and he gave us Torah so we could learn.  He wants our happiness.  The closer you are to G-d the happier you become.  So we gave us the tools to find a path closer to him and happiness.  The sacrifices we never did because we needed a blood sacrifice to be forgiven for our sins.   Torah does't know the word sin that was added when the Greek translated the Torah.  Sacrifices we done for many reasons like coming closer to G-d, Submitting to G-d's will,  and to show gratitude. Sin, when we use the word means miss the mark.  It doesn't need salvation but a heavy heart and will to do better.  When you are sorry and bring it before G-d he will forgive us.  I have read a lot of views about G-d forgiving the wrongs you do against him but forgiveness for wrongs to ours must come from the person you wronged.

One big reason that Jesus was not our messiah is because the messiah we are waiting for doesn't have to save us or die for our sins.  We never needed a savior. Our anointed one (not savior)
will  be a great political leader and will be a real king over Israel and a descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The mashiach is often referred to as "mashiach ben David" (mashiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15). But above all, he will be a human being, not a god, demi-god or other supernatural being.

Before the time of the mashiach, there shall be war and suffering (Ezekiel 38:16)

The mashiach will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem (Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 23:8; 30:3; Hosea 3:4-5). He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10; 42:1). He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship (Jeremiah 33:18). He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the land (Jeremiah 33:15).


It is fine that the Christians feel that Jesus was needed for these things but taking the history of the Jews and saying that this is their (our) messiah when we know what our messiah will do and G-d did not say he will do all these things the second time I send him but the first time it will be to save you from your sins.  For someone to say that the messiah will do these things in a second coming is saying  G-d was wrong the first time he told us or he changed his mind and neither of those are possible.

Jesus never said he would come back and be a king and bring all the jews back to their homeland, rebuild the temple, be a great leader and establish world peace.  He did say he would come back but to sit in judgement of the people.  He talks of the wars that will come before he comes and people being taken up and others left behind then he will come and judgement day will be here.  That has nothing to do with any of the things that our messiah will do.  

G-d gave us Torah to learn to become closer to us and to be happy.

G-d never told the Jewish people that they needed anything to get forgiveness but repentance. 
The Christian understanding is that Jesus, the one they believe to be the messiah, died for the sins of all humanity. In this view, the messiah is supposed to be the blood sacrifice necessary for the forgiveness of sin; in other words, a human sacrifice. However, not only is this concept of the messiah not found in our Bible, but we are also taught quite clearly and consistently that no one can die for the sins of another, that one person's guilt cannot be forgiven because of another person's death 
Judaism does not share the Christian concept of salvation, as it does not believe people are born in a "state of sin". Judaism holds instead that a person who sins can repent of that sin and, in most cases, have it forgiven.

For a quick and kinder message on this subject http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVFcfG_GVvg


It would look to an outside by the different things we wear, different way of praying and all the traditions that we must be working hard to earn forgiveness from G-d.   But the things are not done for forgiveness but to feel closer to G-d.  The closer we get to G-d the happier we feel.  Some of the things we do is to set us a part from others.  Some of them like wearing tallit, kippahs or tzitzit are reminders of our covenant with G-d.  

Reusing the old and covering everything in glitter


Reusing the old.  We took our old blue christmas stockings from before we were Jews
and I cut the heel and toe part off and my husband sewed them up for me.
Now they are bags for our dreidels and gelt.
I hung our initials on each one.






Now to Glitter it up.  I use spray glue then poured glitter on things.



I purchased a menorah cut out of wood on Etsy.
Sprayed it then poured on white and silver glitter.







While I had the glitter out I covered these candles.


For this one, I sprayed the inside of the glass and then rolled the glitter around the inside of it.





Making a banner for Hanukkah


Making a banner for Hanukkah
I started with this set of stuff then only used the small banner pendants from Hobby Lobby for $2.99 and the hole punch.  The banner is made from a hard card stock.  It could not be painted on with paint.  So I spray painted them royal blue.  Don't ask me why it can handle spray paint but not real paint.  Real paint made the sides curl up. Then I made the 9 candles (I have a vinyl decal company) I will sell these if anyone need the decals.  Then I put the holes it then and strung them up.








Hanukkah- wood letters


I wanted a large Hanukkah sign for my fireplace. 
Hanukkah stuff is not really sold at stores so everything is DIY with a little help from some Etsy or Ebay sellers. There are a few places online to buy stuff .

First I purchased the letters from an Ebay seller.  Unpainted 8 inch wooden letter in storybrook font


Then I spray painted them royal blue.  Next I used Martha Stewart Glitter finish paint in Aquarium Blue.I wanted a bit of shimmer to them.  But after 4 coats of this stuff you can't see much shimmer at all. 


Can you see the shimmer?

Now I used a leftover piece of picture molding and used liquid nails to glue them n the large edge.
I wanted to have the letters stand up and this molding will do that for me.






 Finally all done!








CHARLIE BROWN PHOTO SHOOT


My husband cut out a pumpkin 
shape from a large piece of plywood 
from Lowes and painted it for me.


We I bought the Snoopy and woodstock 
stuffedanimals from Kohl's for $5 each
The shirt is from Etsy seller