Torah For Today

(scenarios) What would you do?

  1. One of the sacrifices was for when a person would not testify in court for someone else. Failure to testify to help someone else is considered a grave sin. How far would you go to help someone else?
  2. You’re hanging out with your friends. You see, walking towards you, one of the most unpopular kids in school – doesn’t do sports, isn’t a good student, and is generally a disagreeable character. Your friends start making fun of this “loser”. What do you do?
  3. Your younger sister (pretend you have one if you really don’t) has a friend who comes to your house in tears. She tells your sister (and you, as you are in the room, too) that she saw some kids throw stones at a dog. What do you tell her?
  4. Your friend is jumped by a bunch of bullies after school. What is the correct response? What is the best way to get “justice”?


What Does This Parshah Mean to Me?

  1. Sacrifices were for specific purposes – they were ways to ask for forgiveness for bad deeds or sins. How do you take personal responsibility?
  2. Look at the different reasons for the five different sacrifices (in the summary) and the situations they try to make right. How would you create modern versions for each of these? Instead of sacrifices, what action or behavior would you suggest?
  3. This portion has a lot of rituals. What do you think the word “ritual” means? What purpose do rituals serve in your life?