Torah For Today

(scenarios) What would you do?

  1. The parasha describes a ritual where the priest puts blood on his ear, thumb and big toe. Some people believe that these are symbols of understanding (ear), action (thumb/hand) and righteous path of life (big toe/foot). So, what do you do to show how you can understand, and “do the right thing”?.
  2. You are attending your friend’s Bat Mitzvah. Everyone is standing up and praying silently. You’re sitting with your friends, who start getting rowdy. What do you do?
  3. Have you thought about thank you notes for the gifts you will be receiving when you become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? How are you going to thank everyone?


What Does This Parshah Mean to Me?

  1. What do you pray for? How?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. Do you need to dress up differently when you go to services? Why? Do you think it makes a difference?
  5. A sacrifice is giving something of value to God. Our ancestors offered God crops or animals. What can you offer God through your actions?
  6. Do you keep kosher? Have you ever thought about it?
  7. Why do you think what we eat would be connected to the idea of holiness?