All the questions.
Tell me more about this ParshaNinja.
We'd love to, thanks for asking!
The ParshaNinja is a way for families to connect over the weekly Torah portion or parsha. The plan is to have one ParshaNinja Pack or e-book for each of the books in the Torah. The first one that will be released will be Devarim, in the Summer of 2019. The book of Devarim (Deuteronomy) does not actually start until later in the summer, so there will be plenty of time before then to download your copy.
We also have a holiday spin-off series that, as it turns out, is going to be released before the first ParshaNinja Pack. We are starting with the holiday of Purim and we will work our way around the year as the holidays come around.
Each ParshaNinja Pack - whether it is for a holiday or for the weekly parsha - will be full of activities for kids and for families. And each one will always include a family-friendly synopsis based on that ParshaNinja Pack's theme.
What ages is the ParshaNinja geared to?
The short version: the ParshaNinja Packs are geared towards families.
The longer version: Younger kids will enjoy having the Torah story read to them, and as we found with our test families, older kids had no problem sitting there, listening to the story as well. Older siblings said they got into the art activities to "help" their younger siblings, but we found that really, these middle schoolers enjoyed making their own project just as much as the younger kids. They also really liked the Black Belt Thinking Questions, as did a lot of the fathers.
And finally, most surprising (but not really so surprising to us, because we are the parents of multiple middle schoolers), this age group gravitated strongly to the Ninjagrams. The kids (both boy and girls) liked the idea of being able to write a compliment to a family member instead of speaking it, and were very drawn to the idea that someone might appreciate them enough to send them a Ninjagram.
I've heard of a candygram, but what is a Ninjagram?
Think of a Ninjagram as the ninja version of a printable fist-bump. It's another way to compliment or recognize your kid(s) for something they have said or done or shared. And of course, we hope this encourages kids to write Ninjagrams to their parents, as well. Sibling to sibling Ninjagrams are big wins too.
How do I order?
Click on "store" at the top of the page.
Click add to cart, and follow the instructions for checking out.
Your download will be available to you immediately, and it will also be available to you for downloading in the confirmation email that you receive.
Do I get a book in the mail?
No, sadly, you do not. We understand, we really like books too. But this is a digital download, so as soon as you order your ParshaNinja pack, it will be available right then and there, and in case you don't download it right away, it will also be delivered to you via email. The reason we chose to keep this digital is so that you can print multiple pages of whichever ones you'd like to - depending on how many copies you need for your immediate family who live in your household.
How much does this all cost?
The ParshaNinja Purim Pack is being sold at the introductory rate of the $8.
Do I need to order one for each of my kids?
Nope. Ninja packs are for the family members living in your home. If you'd like to print a page multiple times so that each member of the family can have one, go right ahead.
How many can I print out?
As long as you are printing these for your immediate family, print away. But we do ask that if you think your friend/neighbor/carpool partner/daughter-in-law/walking buddy or your sister's cousin's nephew might enjoy one of our downloads, please encourage them to visit us here at parshaninja.com.
I am a classroom teacher/youth director/summer camp staff. Do you have a special price for class use?
Absolutely. Please email us at email@example.com and we can discuss.
Where did this idea come from?
The idea for ParshaNinjas came about through a random conversation between moms, one morning after school dropoff, and it continued, as these things do, over a shabbat lunch. There seems to be a void in the hands on weekly parsha category for parents to use at home - specifically among homeschooling parents, but also among families with kids who are too old to come home with parsha of the week projects from school, but who are still of the age where they are drawn to hands-on learning (so basically, all ages).
What other ParshaNinja items are going to be released?
So this is the plan -
Each book in the Torah will have its own ParshaNinja pack (released in two parts, because otherwise, the file size would be too large), and they will be released one at a time, starting with the book of Devarim, in the summer of 2019.
There will also be a full set of Holiday ParshaNinja packs, starting with Purim. Passover and Shavuot are also available, along with assorted freebie downloads. Check out our store to see everything at once.
Are you guys really ninjas?
Sadly, we are not, because how cool would that be? But at least one of us has taken enough Tora Dojo classes to be able to do Kata One, if pressed hard enough.
What if I have more questions?
Please let us know what those questions are - and we'll not only answer them for you, but will likely add them here as well. Because as every good teacher knows - if one person has a question, it's more than likely that someone else has that same question too. Email us - firstname.lastname@example.org, and thank you in advance for being the brave one who asked the question! You're awesome!
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