Jewish Holiday Origami

by Joel Stern

jewish holiday origami

Jewish Holiday Origami by Joel Stern is 64 pages in size and contains instructions for 24 origami models. The book is organizes so that the easiest models are listed first and the more challenging models are listed last. However, the models are also listed according to each holiday. Each project is accompanied with a short paragraph describing how the origami model is related to the holiday in question.

To celebrate the Sabbath, you can make a paper prayer book (Siddur), Sabbath candles, Kiddush Cup and a Sabbath Table. The Kiddush Cup is made with two sheets of paper.

Jewish Holiday Origami

To celebrate Sukkot, you can fold two figures representing ushpiz and Miriam with Timbrel. The ushpiz are the spirits of seven ancestors. Miriam is Moses's sister; she played a small drum when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.

Jewish Holiday Origami

An origami Torah scroll can be made to help celebrate Simchat Torah. This model is an action model; it can slide in and out as if you were unrolling the scroll. It is made with two sheets of paper.

Jewish Holiday Origami

A paper menorah and dreidel can be made to celebrate Chanukah. These two items are easily recognized by Gentiles because Chanukah is so close to Christmas. Both the dreidel and the menorah are made with two sheets of paper each.

Jewish Holiday Origami

A hamentash (three cornered pastry) and a megillah (the Book of Esther) can be made to celebrate Purim. The hamentash is made with two sheets of paper. The megillah is an action model: it can be folded small and then pulled out as if you were to reading the scroll. The megillah is the last model in this book - it is the most challenging one to fold.

Jewish Holiday Origami

Passover can be celebrated by a number of origami models: a pyramid, frogs, a shank bone, Red Sea parting, two zuzim (coins), a chad gadya (young goat), and the 4 sons (Wise, Wicked, Simple, and Son Who Does Not Know How To Ask).

Jewish Holiday Origami

Jewish Holiday Origami

Lastly, the tablets of the Ten Commandments can be used to celebrate Shavuot.

As you can see, this book contains a lot about Jewish holidays and the events that brought them to be. The origami itself is fine, but the ability to connect the origami with the religion is this books strong point.

The instructions are in the form of line drawings accompanied by one or two helpful sentences in each step. All photographs in the book are black & white.

Jewish Holiday Origami


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