Priesthood Was a Job for Life

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5Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

The priesthood was a job given to Aaron, and his sons, and his descendants for ever.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you like it when people ask you what you want to be when you grow up?
  • How would you feel if you knew what job you would have because you were born into a specific family?
  • Would you like not having to think about what you were going to do when you grow up?
  • Do you think that you would resent not being able to pick your profession?

Creative Thinking:

  • It was common for people to learn a profession and stick with it for life. Today that is uncommon. Write a list of advantages and disadvantages for staying with a profession for life and for frequent changes in profession.
  • Do you think that a descendant of Aaron would do a better job than someone else because his family had always done the same job?
  • Do you think that it is more important to like a job, be good at a job, or make a good living from a job. Explain your answer.

Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • Pick a job that you might want to do when you get older. Outline all the steps that you will need to accomplish in order to get that particular job.
  • Is there a difference between a job and a profession? If so what is the difference.
  • Do you think that you are more qualified for a job if you train for it as an apprentice or if you study for it in University? Explain your answer.
  • Write a journal entry explaining how you feel when you get to the age of going into the priesthood like your brothers, father, grandfather, etc.
  • Write a journal entry from someone who really would like to be a priest but can’t because he is not of the lineage of Aaron.
  • Do you think that you would worry more or less about doing a good job as priest because your whole family is part of the priesthood? Explain.
  • Write a song or a poem explaining how you feel about your life being mapped out for you.

Oil in the Bible

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Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

Moses was told to take anointment oil and put it on Aaron’s head before he performed his sacred duty. 

Discussion Questions:

  • What exactly is oil? Where does it come from?
  • What does it mean to anoint someone?
  • What would have been the purpose of the anointment?
  • Do you think that you would feel special being anointed by oil? Explain.

Creative Thinking:

  • Why do you think that God chose oil for anointing people?
  • What do you think is the difference between a ceremony using water and one using oil?
  • What do you think is the significance of the oil being poured over the head?

Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • Research oil. From what can we make oil? What were its uses throughout history?
  • Research who was anointed with oil and the reasons given for its use.
  • Write a journal entry for a priest who was just anointed with oil.
  • Make some oil. Write down the steps that you took to make it.
  • Take different types of oil and pour them into different containers. Mark each oil so that only you know which is which. Ask someone to touch, smell, taste, and feel the various oils. See if they can tell the difference between them.
  •  Make a diagram of how oil was made in ancient times and one for how it is made today.
  • Make up a song or poem about oil.
  • What are the health benefits and hazards to our health of eating oil. Make a chart with at least three different kinds of oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water in the Bible

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3 Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist  

Before Aaron and his sons were brought into the tent of meeting they were to be immersed in water.

Discussion Questions:

  • Aaron and his sons were to be immersed in water before they did their work. Think of other instances where there is something done before someone starts doing something. (eg stretching before doing exercise)
  • Do you think that getting ready to do something in the above ways is important? Why?

Creative Thinking:

  • Why would Aaron and his sons need to be brought to the the tent of meeting? Why would they not be allowed to come themselves?
  • What was the purpose of the  water?

Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • Research water. Find out:
    • how much of the world is water
    • how much of the human body is water
    • how much of animals is water
    • why some water is salty
    • what exactly water is
  • Aaron and his sons were to be immersed in water. Find out how various religions use immersion in water.
  • Find at least five times that water is mentioned in the Bible.
  • Aaron and his sons were to be brought to the tent of meeting. Write about other official entries (monarchs, prime ministers, presidents, etc.) where someone is brought to a specific place for a specific purpose.
  • If so much of the world is made up of water why is it a scarce resource?
  • Take a map of the world and see if you could sail around the whole globe returning to your starting point. Try to map out a route. If you can’t get through on a route where are you blocked?
  • Why do you think water was used to immerse Aaron and his sons?

 

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God is about to tell His requirements for how Aaron and his sons are to become holy so that they can serve God. 

Discussion Questions:

  • Can anyone serve God?
  • Why did Aaron and his sons have to become holy to serve God?
  • Should we be doing something to become holy?
  • Is everyone able to become holy?

Creative Thinking:

  • Write a journal entry for God describing how He feels people today do in the holiness department.
  • Aaron and his sons had responsibilities to the children of Israel and to God. Read about what was involved regarding Aaron and his sons in the book of Exodus chapter 29 and then write a modern day version.

Activities for Homeschooling and After-Schooling:

  • Read chapter 29 in the book of Exodus and record what Aaron and his sons were to do to become holy.
  • Why does God give a list of things that have to be done for Aaron and his sons to be holy?
  • Describe ways that people today can be holy.
  • Write about someone that you believe deserves the title “holy”.
  • Describe in your own words what you believe God means by “holy”.
  • Why is it important to God that Aaron and his sons serve Him?
  • God tells Moses what has to be done. Why doesn’t He speak directly to Aaron?
    • Think of an example in your life where something was told to someone else about how to prepare you for something important. How did this make you feel? Was there a reason that the person did not talk directly to you?

Aaron Approaches God With Care

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Excerpt from Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist

When Aaron entered the holy place of God he was to wear the names of the twelve sons of Israel on a breastplate which was to be placed on his heart. Aaron was to be thinking of the children of Israel when he came before God. He was also to approach God with care.    

Discussion Questions:

  • What does it mean by the judgment of the children of Israel?
  • Why would wearing the names of the sons of Jacob help Aaron concentrate on the children of Israel?
  • Why was it important for Aaron to concentrate on the children of Israel when he approached God?
  • What does it mean to approach God with care?

Creative Thinking Questions:

  • Why do you think that it would be more effective to place each of the twelve names of the sons of Jacob on the breastplate rather than just write “the sons of Jacob” or “the children of Israel”?
  • If you were Aaron what would you do in order to properly “approach God with care”?

Activities for Homeschooling and After-Schooling:

  • Aaron was told to come with care before God. This referred to going before God into a special place. Should we treat going before God any differently?
  • Aaron was to bear the judgment of the children of Israel. Should we bear the judgment of others? If so, whose and under what circumstances?
  • Aaron walked into a special place to be with God. Go to two or three houses of worship in your community and ask about how the people and the clergy talk to God. Note any differences between the religions.
  • Why do you think that Aaron wore the judgment of the children of Israel on his heart and not on his head?
  • Write a journal entry for Aaron describing how he prepared to enter God’s holy place.
  • Find the accounting of how Aaron was to approach God in the book of Exodus and write out an accounting, in bullet points, of what he had to do.
  • Aaron carried a heavy responsibility. Do you think that anyone was jealous of him? If so describe why.
  • This description of how Aaron was to approach God is in the book of Exodus. Why do you think it is included in this book of the Bible?

Do Clothes Make the Person?

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The wise-hearted people of the children of Israel were told to make special clothes for Aaron, who was to become the high priest, so that he would be holy. 

Discussion Questions:

  • There is an expression, “The clothes make the man.” What does this mean? Do you agree with it?
  • The wise-hearted people of the children of Israel were to make special clothes for Aaron. Why would God ask that he wear special clothes?
  • Can we speak to God in our everyday clothes? Does it matter what we wear? Do you think that Aaron was different?

Creative Thinking Questions:

  • Create a list of times when it is justified to have a dress code only for certain people.
  • Explain why you think that it is okay or not okay for God to distinguish Aaron with special clothing.
  • What is the difference, if any, of God giving Aaron special clothing and Jacob giving Joseph a special tunic?

Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • Do you think that Aaron would be a less effective priest to God if he didn’t have special clothing. Explain your reasoning.
  • Design an emblem that would be appropriate for an organization that you belong to.
  • Describe a situation in which you felt that you were dressed inappropriately. Explain how you felt.
  • Why do people care about how they are dressed?
  • Aaron’s clothes were designed by God. Write a journal entry for Aaron explaining how this made him feel.
  • Design a piece of clothing that would help you pray to God.
  • Write a poem or a song to describe how you would feel putting on a piece of clothing for the first time that was designed by God especially for you.
  • Why do we sometimes like new clothes better than old clothes and yet want to buy new clothes?

Following Instructions

God tells the children of Israel that they are to follow what they were shown and make what they are instructed as they were informed.

Discussion Questions:

  • When is it especially important to follow instructions?
  • When is it not important to follow instructions?
  • When should you definitely not follow instructions?
  • How do you know the difference between the above three?

Creative Thinking Activities:

  • Get someone to promise to follow your instructions precisely. Give them a set of instructions. How did s/he do?
  • Tell someone to write exact instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Now follow their instructions exactly. Do what they say or write down do not do what you know they mean. For instance if s/he wrote to take a piece of bread try and take a piece of bread without opening the bag. Have the person rewrite the instructions until you can actually make the sandwich.

Homeschool Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • The children of Israel were told to make what they had seen. Have someone make a picture of something and then try to make the object.
  • Just because you have seen something does not mean that you would be able to make the item by yourself. What does someone need to be able to make an item. Write a list of what someone would need.
  • Is it easier to make a cabinet with precise instructions that you must follow exactly or without any instructions? Explain your reasoning.
  • Do you think that an artist that copies a painting is less of an artist than one who creates their own? Explain your reasoning.
  • Create a flyer for getting your friends to follow what their parents tell them to do.
  • The children of Israel were to make articles that conformed to what they were previously shown. Do you like to conform to rules? Give the pros and cons to conforming.
  • The children of Israel were told that they had to make utensils, clothing, and the tent in an exact manner. Write a poem or song about worrying if you would be able to make an item exactly as prescribed.
  • Create a commercial or comic strip that would explain to a young child that sometimes you should not follow what others tell you.

The Children of Israel are United!

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It must have been awesome to hear all of the children of Israel answer together that they would follow all that God had spoken.

Discussion Questions:

  • What does the word awesome mean?
  • What does it mean that all the people responded with “one voice”?
  • What do you think it would be like to hear a lot of people answer together the same response?
  • What makes it so special that all the children of Israel answered together?
  • If someone does something that you asked them to do, does it really matter if they did it by choice or if they were forced in some way to do it?

Creative Thinking:

  • There were hundred’s of thousands of children of Israel. Would it really have mattered if a few did not reply the same way? Explain.
  • What is the difference between responding with “one voice” and responding “together”?

Activities for Homeschooling and Afterschooling:

  • Come up with a statement that you think would be easy to get ten people to agree with. Now try to get ten people to agree with your statement. Was it as easy as you thought? Why or why not?
  • Come up with a statement that you think will be hard to get ten people to agree with. Now try to get ten people to agree with your statement. Was it as difficult as you thought? Why or why not?
  • Try to get someone to agree to do something without telling them what you are going to ask of them. Was this hard to do? Why?
  • The children of Israel agreed to follow God’s words. Do you think that they would have followed the words if they came from Moses?
  • At this time the children of Israel were really united. Make up a campaign to unite your neighborhood, school, class, family, or some other unit to do something worthwhile. Describe how you are going to get your group to do your project.
  • Get together a group of about ten people and have them say a poem altogether. Is it hard for everyone to say the words at the same time?
  • Write a story about everyone in your country saying something together at the same time.
  • Write a list of things that you do by choice and a list of things that you do because you have to.
  • How is it different to do something because you feel that you have to and doing the same thing out of free choice?
  • Write a journal entry for God explaining how He felt when everyone responded together that everyone would follow His words by choice?

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The Bible in Rhyme

By Ellen Zimmerman on Oct 08, 2015 12:19 am

The Bible in RhymeI was totally intrigued by a series of books written by author/poet Marcia Goldlist about the Bible in Rhyme, including“Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme.” 

Here are a few of the verses, to give you a flavor:

Then, in the sky, God put shining lights 

To separate days from nights,

And also to be signs,

For the days, years and holidays of all kinds. 

The shining lights with the brightest rays

Would be in charge of days,

While the one with dimmer light

Would be in charge of night.

A big thanks to Marcia for this post.

Every week we are lucky enough to have a holiday – Shabbat. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that this too is a holiday, just like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, which we just celebrated. One of the important aspects of Shabbat is that we gradually read the whole Torah throughout the year.

Ways to talk about the Torah portion at home

Since we are at the beginning of the Torah cycle, this is a great time to start reading and discussing the Torah portion every week.

Where to discuss the Torah portion?

  • while at the Shabbat table
  • sitting around the living room on Shabbat afternoon
  • while preparing for Shabbat
  • any other family time

What should I read with my child?

For very young children, you might want to read a Bible story book with lots of pictures based on the weekly portion. But don’t stop there because your child can handle more and that will only interest the youngest children. Also, the more different ways that you present the Torah, the more that it will interest your children – and yourself. After all, different people absorb and are interested by different styles.

Read Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme out loud with your children. This is the actual book of Genesis (minus long lists of names and places) written in rhyming couplets. Even if your child doesn’t understand all the words (which you can explain to them) they will listen because of the rhyme. For young readers, you may want to buy the large print edition to make reading easier.

Take it up a notch

  1. Read the parsha (weekly Torah portion) using various voices for different parts.
  2. Let your children act out the situation as you read.
  3. With parshas that have people speaking have your children read various “parts.”
  4. After you have read the portion, or a segment of it, have your children act it out in their own way.
  5. Read your child part of the parsha and have them draw an appropriate picture. If you do this throughout the week, by the end of the week you can put together a book of the parsha in pictures. Or have your child pick one aspect of the parsha each week to draw about.
  6. If your children are musical, have them pick a verse or two that they can make into a song.

Discussion and activities

Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook has lots of discussion questions and activities which will get your kids – and you – thinking about and relating to the people, events, and various aspects of the parsha. Although it is geared to children from about eleven, much of the material can easily be adapted to younger children.

  1. Explain the questions in words that your child will understand.
  2. Help your child think out answers by discussing them with you.

Reading and discussing the Torah portion with your child will not only bring your child (and you) closer to the Torah and Shabbat, but also to each other.

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