Chumash Q and A’s: State of Israel Video’s

Dear Readers,
Q: What was the Balfour Declaration mentioned in the first film?
A: Where Israel became the national home for the Jewish people
Q: When the UN finally took its vote what was the final score of countries who voted for or against a Jewish state?
A: 33 yes, 13 no, and 10 abstain
Q: At the end of the film, Yehuda Avner says, regarding the British soldier, “now, we were all friends!” What role did the British government (mandate) have in Israel in the 1940’s, and how was that role going to change with the UN vote?
A: Britten is not controlling Israel anymore, so the Jews have more freedom
Q: Where is there a hint in the film that many Jews, both in and outside of Israel, saw what was happening as a sign of “redemption” and leading up to the coming of the Mashiach?
A: They wanted to have the vote on a Saturday, because Mashiach can’t come on Shabbat, so they must have hoped this vote would lead to Mashiach coming.
I picked Ruth Stern. What she said is that she went to Israel to be a nurse for the soldiers. She was scared, but the person who lead her to her room gave her confidence. I learned from her from her that even if you are going to do something good, you can be scared.
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash Q and A’s: The Maccabeats Les Miserables Pesach

Dear Readers,
Q: How many mini-songs are in this presentation?
A: Seven mini songs
Q: Can you identify which part of the story of the Exodus is included in each “song” in this Maccabeats video?
A: It goes from putting baby Moshe in the basket, then Bat Paroh finding him, and Paroh testing Moshe in his castle, then when Moshe sees a Egyptian slapping a man, so Moshe kills the Egyptian, bury’s him and running away and hiding, then Moshe asking to let his people go, then the 10 plagues, and then Bnai Yisrael
Q: Which is your favorite piece and why?
A: I liked seeing Kermit the Frog
Q: How would you use this video to prepare for the Seder night?
A: You can use it to tell the story of Pesach to any one who doesn’t know the story, or to anyone who wants to hear the story again
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash Q and A’s

Dear Readers,
In Chumash class, we re supposed to answer some questions based on what we learned in class today. Here are the q and a’s:
1. What did going back to Egypt represent, according to R. Medan?
It means leaving the Torah, and leaving the ten commandment behind. Also, it’s like going back to Pharaoh and asking forgiveness after all the terrible things he has done.
2. What else did Moshe do aside from pray – at the Chet Ha’egel, sin of the Golden calf?
He smashed the ten commandments.
3. How is Moshe’s reaction to the spies different? What does it show about his ability to be a leader?
Instead of being mad, he thought of his failure of being a leader to Bnai Yisrael.
4. Compare Calev and Yehoshua’s reaction to that of Moshe and Aharon. What do C and Y try to do? Is it successful?
They try to tell the truth about the land, that it was perfect, but no one believed them.
5. Why, according to R. Medan, is Moshe not allowed to enter Eretz Yisrael?
Because he is not the leader to lead Bnai Yisrael into the land anymore.
Sincerely,
Nora

The Relation of American Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Chumash

Dear Readers,
What is American Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the day that the Mayflower survivors celebrated thanks to the Indians that helped them survive, and we continue to celebrate it on the last Thursday of November. It is celebrated with a traditional turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce dinner while thinking about what we are thankful for.
What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday of celebrating the oil that lasted eight days after the destruction of the Beit Hamigdash. We celebrate it by lighting the Menorah (nine branched candle holder). The middle branch is used to light all the candles with. The Gemara says it celebrates thanks and praise.
How are they related? They are related because they both celebrate thanks.
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash: Q and A No. 2

Dear Readers,
Q1. What do we see about Moshe’s character in the first story of
the burning bush?
A1. He was afraid to look at G-d
Q2. What do we see about Moshe’s character in the second story
when Miriam and Aaron speak against him ?
A2. Moshe is very trusted
Q3. How do these two stories connect to Moshe’s complaint to
G-d in the story “We want Meat” – according to R. Hirsch?
A3. First, Moshe complains because he does not want to lead Bnei Yisrael out of Egypt, and in the ‘We Want Meat!’, Bnei Yisrael is complaining, and Moshe gets mad at them for complaining
Q4. Is humility a good thing or a bad thing?
A4. It is not a good thing to be humiliated because it does not feel nice

Chumash: Quick Summary of the Video

Dear Readers,
What does it mean when it says ‘They were crying according to their families?’
Rabbi Hirsh says: This was not an open rebellion. They did not gather up groups of people and challenge Moshe. Rather they cried in according to their families. Everyone stayed at home, but one thing is they stayed at the entrance of their tents and cried so that their feelings would be heard, and the sound of their complaining and crying was heard every place.
We learn two things from this:
1. The nature of the rebellion was not going up against Moshe and Aharon, like in Korach, and they wanted everyone to hear their cries
2. Why did it say that Moshe got angry? Why didn’t it just say Hashem and Moshe got angry? The pasuk doesn’t mean that these people were bad people, but Moshe himself saw a big failure to achieve.
Moshe saw the failure in his mission to keep Bnei Yisrael calm, so he says to Hashem that the mission was no good for him, and he never saw himself any good for that job since the very beginning. Moshe could have tolerated their attitude, if he saw any sort of value in that, but with his what he calls, ‘terrible’ leading skills, the nation would have been destroyed.
Rabbi Hirsh says that Moshe really felt that he shouldn’t have been chosen as the leader, because of his failure with Bnei Yisrael. Tjis is not because the nation is bad, but because of Moshe’s failure, he felt like he had to go talk to Hashem. Moshe complains that he has no value and he shouldn’t have been chosen too be the leader. What did he do bad? Moshe says that there was no point and/or value in this mission, and because of Moshes ‘terrible’ leading skills, the nation will be destroyed.
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash: A Day Away From Broadway

Dear Readers,
I think ‘A Day Away From Broadway’ by Herman Wouk is telling us that he enjoys getting away from his busy, and sometimes annoying work for Shabbat to be with his wonderful family, and yet he feels guilty that he takes Shabbat so seriously. That is the main idea of the article.
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash: The Main Idea of the Alef Beta Video

Dear Readers,
The main idea of the Alef Beta video about not having mentioned dinosaurs in the Torah is you have to know the genera of a book to ask the right questions, and it is hard to give the Torah a genera. Although, Rabbi Fohrman says the Torah is a guide book, so the dinosaurs may have been around, but the Torah did not have the dinosaurs guide humans in there behavior.
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash: Q and A

Dear Readers,
On the Chumash blog, there are five bullet points that I am going to answer.
Q1. How old is our world?
A1. The world is 4.543 billion years old.
Q2. What are you basing your ideas on? How do you know?
A2. I am basing my ideas in Google because I looked it up and 4.543 billion years came up
Q3. How old does the Torah say the world is?
A3. We can’t exactly tell how old the world is just by looking at it
Q4. Do you believe that dinosaurs existed? Why or why not?
A4. I do because archaeologists have found dinosaur bones
Q5. Does the Torah believe that dinosaurs existed?
A5. The Torah does not say or talk about dinosaurs, but if they did exist according to the Torah, Adam would have saw them.
Sincerely,
Nora

Chumash Part Two: What Rabbi Hirsch Really Meant

Dear Readers,
Rabbi Hirsch’s idea to his own words is basically that ‘ה was watching over them, and they felt disconnected from all normal life condition, and they did not feel happy. Instead, they saw themselves as if they were in a coffin, and as a result they mourned for themselves. I have several questions for you today: 1. If Rabbi Hirsch is right, what is strange about Bnei Yisrael’s feelings? 2. What did they leave behind in Mizraim? 3. Where are they headed now? 4. Which life is more meaningful? I’ll start with question number 1. The strange thing about Bnei Yisrael’s feelings  is that they are not happy. Shouldn’t they be happy if they just got out of slavery in Egypt for 210 years? I think the reason for this is because they had 210 years to get used to Egypt that they are just adjusting to their new life. 2nd question, what did they leave behind? They left behind their slave years. they had been slaves for a very long time, and now they are free. 3rd question, where are they headed now? They are headed to Eretz Yisrael, the land of Milk and Honey. And last but not least, number 4. Which life is more meaningful? I don’t know exactly, but comparing their slave life and their free life, I would say that their free life is more meaningful because they couldn’t do anything meaningful as a slave, but now that they are free, they can do meaningful things, like pray.
From,
Nora