Torah For Today

(scenarios) What would you do?

  1. You are about to go on a hike on the Appalachian trail in Georgia.  You’ve never hiked. You’ve never been on a mountain. You are scared. What do you do?
  2. You are an optimist.  Your best friend prefers to see the glass half empty.  Her pessimism is beginning to get on your nerves. How do you get her that the glass can be half full?


What Does This Parshah Mean to Me?

  1. What are the fringes called? Where can you find them today?
  2. Tzitzit have been  described as “lifelines to Judaism.” What do you think that means?  What are your “lifelines” to Judaism?
  3. This portion is part of the book “BaMidbar”, which means “wilderness”.  The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt all their lives, and all of a sudden they found themselves in the wilderness, learning a new way of life.   How do you think they must have felt?
  4. The Israelites were punished for being unworthy to enter the Promised Land.  How did they show this?
  5. Look at chapter 15, verses 18 – 21.  This is the origin of a custom that we still observe today.  What do you think it is? (Hint – it is something we eat on Shabbat.)
  6. The story of the spies’ report is about perception, how 10 of the spies were afraid, and 2 were not.  Explain the different perspectives found in this portion related to the Promised Land.