Friday, October 30, 2015

Being Proactive with Parashat Toldot

As part of the Torah curriculum, fourth graders studied Parashat Toldot.

This Torah portion tells us about Isaac’s life. Isaac and Rebecca endure twenty childless years, until their prayers are answered and Rebecca conceives. She experiences a difficult pregnancy as the“children struggle inside her”; G-d tells her that “there are two nations in your womb,” and that the younger will prevail over the elder.

The first baby comes out red-cheeked and hairy and they name him Esau. The second, born holding Esau’s heel, they name Jacob. Esau grows up to be “a cunning hunter, a man of the field”; Jacob is “a wholesome man,” a dweller in the tents of learning. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca loves Jacob.

Returning exhausted and hungry from the hunt one day, Esau sells his birthright (his rights as the first born) to Jacob for a pot of red lentil stew.

Esau eats and drinks, then leaves. Thus did Esau despise his birthright.

As part of our Leader in Me program, the students connected the first habit, Be Proactive, with their Torah study. The students learned some important Psokim by heart, dressed up and played each character, and they even learned to cook red lentil soup!

Morah Sarit Ginzburg
4th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher