Nov. 3 - Parshat Chayei Sarah - pp. 139 – 141
You know Abraham and Sarah were married and
that Sarah brokered a marriage for her husband
with Hagar in order that he father a child. Did you
know that Abraham married again after Sarah
died? Find her name in this chapter. Find his
response to what happened during this marriage.
Haftarat Chayei Sarah - pp. 143 - 145
As King David anticipates his death he appoints an
heir to succeed him. Who is critical to his
becoming aware of the need to make the
appointment? Is this similar to Abraham’s
arranging for a marriage for Isaac (in order that
Isaac have a son)?
Nov. 10 - Parshat Toledot - pp. 157 - 161
What is Esau’s first response to the blessing he
receives from Father Isaac? After Jacob leaves
home, what is Esau’s second response to the
blessing he received? How are these reactions
Haftarat Toldot - pp. 163 - 165
Malachi begins his speech with a brief talk about
Esau and Jacob. His main thought has nothing to
do with these two men. His main thought is about
loyalty and honor and he is trying to persuade the
Israelites to view God in these terms.
He brings up Esau and Jacob to poetically
underscore loyalty through the lens of familial
bonds. What does this have to do with the
Nov.17 - Parsha Vayetzei - pp. 183 - 187
Have you ever seen or heard of a piece of jewelry
called a Mizpah? Did you know it comes from
Torah? After Jacob fled to Syria and married, he
eventually began a journey to return to Canaan.
His angry father-in-law, Laban, intercepted him.
After a terrible disagreement they agreed to part
ways…at Mizpah. How does the Mizpah pendant
come to bear its current meaning?
Haftarat Vayetzei - pp. 189 - 193
Prophet Hosea brings up the idea of golden calves
and idol worship (probably from the Mt. Sinai
debacle), but he begins his speech with a reminder
that Jacob fled to Syria and there married and had
children. He may be putting forth the message
that adults have to set a proper spiritual tone for
their kids and for themselves by observing true
monotheism as opposed to idolatry. What do you
Nov. 24 - Parshat Vayishlach – pp. 214 - 220
After the short description of Rachel’s death we
read a long description of Esau’s lineage. Esau,
nicknamed Edom, may have been a redhead. His
first-born status as Isaac’s son should have made
him a central figure in Jewish history. Instead,
centuries later, he and his tribe become known as
enemies of Israel. How many tribes did he father?
Is the Torah giving us any indication as to how to
view Esau and his people?
Haftarat Vayishlach - pp. 222 – 225
THIS IS THE SHORTEST BOOK IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE!
You can read it in 10 minutes. Its main goal is to
address Esau's descendants who are called
Edomites. The entire book of Obadiah is focused
on a non-Israelite tribe. Can you discern Obadiah's