Shemini Values

What are they?

Worship-Getting Close to God

  • The Hebrew word for sacrifice is Korban – קוֹרבָּן, which is also related to the English word for coming closer. Sacrifices were the way ancient people worshiped God. How do you think worship is connected to drawing closer and also to sacrifices?
  • Why would there be rules about how the High Priests dress, when they offer sacrifices? How would the way we dress connect to how we worship?
  • What do you pray for? How?
  • When you go to synagogue (for Shabbat or for the High Holy Days), what do you do? What do you think you should be doing?
  • Have you ever been to church or to a mosque? If so, what have you seen? How is it different from what we do in synagogue?


  1. What are the rules about what we can and cannot eat? Why would we have them?
  2. How is excessive drinking linked to health? How does this connect to how we worship God?


Another view for you:

Parents and kids: Read this article together and discuss the questions below:

  • Have you ever done something and afterwards discovered that it was wrong? Were you surprised at the consequence? How did you feel?