Review for Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook

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Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook by Marcia Goldlist will get minds thinking and pens writing.

Please check out this review by I’m a full-time mummy which I received for Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook

Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook is a collection of 120 exercises covering the book of Genesis. Each exercise consists of:

This book is geared for:

  • homeschooling
  • family discussions
  • youth groups
  • religious schools

The advantage of this book is that it gets kids (and adults) thinking about the personalities and events which occurred in the Bible and relating to them.

Enjoying Genesis: The Bible in Rhyme Workbook is available in both paperback and ebook formats.

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The Children of Israel are Told Not to Cause Pain to Widows and Orphans

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The children of Israel are told by God that they are not to cause pain to widows or orphans.

Discuss:

  • Why would widows and orphans be considered special?
  • Is it okay to cause pain to people who are not widows or orphans?
  • What kind of things do people do that cause you pain?

Creative Thinking:

  • When is it acceptable to cause someone pain? Make a list of at least 5 circumstances.
  • List at least 5 reasons that the Bible would single out widows and orphans.
  • The only difference between window and widow is an ‘n’. Find similarities between the two.

Homeschooling Activities:

  • Should we have to be told not to cause pain to someone or should this be automatic? Explain.
  • Should a person who was wronged or hurt complain? Explain.
  • If a person who was wronged or hurt does not complain is s/he somewhat to blame if someone else is hurt by the same perpetrator?
  • Why would God not just tell the children of Israel not to cause pain to anyone?
  • God links the widow and orphan to the children of Israel because they were slaves in Egypt (which was a foreign land). What is the relationship between being slaves in a foreign land and being a widow or an orphan?
  • Why do you think some people complain more than others?
  • Make a list of five rules for the children of Israel to follow to make it easier for them not to hurt a widow or an orphan.

How Much Compensation Is Fair?

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God gives laws to the children of Israel. These laws include how much compensation is to be given for an animal eating from a neighbor’s field or vineyard.

Discuss:

  • What kind of punishments are given today for people taking what isn’t theirs?
  • What does it mean to be fair?
  • What makes a punishment a fair punishment?
  • Is letting your livestock eat from someones field the same as stealing? Explain.

Creative Thinking:

  • Name three valid reasons that someone would let their livestock loose in a field or vineyard that they did not own.
  • Name three invalid reasons that someone would let their livestock loose in a field or vineyard that they did not own.
  • Pick five law violations and write compensatory consequences that you think would be fair.
  • Imprisonment is a threat for most crimes today. Explain why you think that imprisonment or repayment of goods is a better punishment.

Homeschool Activities:

  • In the case given in the Bible livestock took something that did not belong to it. If a minor child steals from a store should the parent or the child be responsible for payment? Explain.
    • What should be done if the parent or the child did not have the money to repay the owner?
  • In the Bible the children of Israel are told that if their cattle eat from someone else’s field they are to compensate from the best of their field. Why do you believe that it is fair, or not fair, to have to compensate with what could be a higher level of produce and therefore worth more money?
  • If you have any farms or vineyards near you go for a visit and see if you can help pick some produce.
  • Pick three different kinds of produce and state what you should look for that makes each one the best quality possible.
  • The Bible does not talk about people going to jail. Research when and why jails were instituted.
  • Choose three kinds of livestock and find out what they like to eat.
  • Write a defense for a farmer claiming that another farmer did not compensate him with the best of his produce.

Check out all of the law given to the children of Israel in the desert via Moses by God in Enjoying Exodus: The Bible in Rhyme.

Does it Matter How We Get to the End Product?

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God told the children of Israel to build an altar. However, he told them that if they used a sword in building the altar, it would desecrate it 

Discuss:

  • What does it mean to be desecrated?
  • If you are told to build a house, does it matter what tools you use? If it doesn’t matter why did God care if the children of Israel built an altar using a sword?
  • Can any item be used for both good and bad?

Creative Thinking:

  • Are swords “instruments of war” or “instruments used in war”? Make a list of points for each side of the argument.
  • Why would God say not to use a “sword” rather than saying “an instrument of war”?
  • If you take the ‘s’ from sword and put it at the end of the word you get “words’. What is the relationship between a sword and words?
  • Think of at least five ways to suggest making a desecrated altar holy.

Homeschool Bible Activities:

  • Make a list of tools that would be acceptable to God to make an altar.
  • Make a list of tools that would probably not be acceptable to God to make an altar.
  • Explain why building an altar to be used in the service of God should be pure from the start.
  • Find other verses in the Bible with “sword” in them.
  • Think of at least five reasons that God would care what tools were used to create an altar.
  • Research the origin of the sword.
  • In what things today does it matter how you get to a final purpose?
  • What were the advantages of using a sword in war?
  • Research how various altars were used in different religions and /or in different countries.
  • God cared what the children of Israel used to make the altar. Try to justify to God using a sword that was never used in war?

Does Being in Awe of God Reduce Sin?

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The children of Israel are afraid to listen to God. They did not want God to speak to them directly. They asked Moses to tell them whatever God wanted them to hear. Moses tells them not to be afraid, God wants the children of Israel to be in awe of Him so that they will not sin.

Discuss:

  • What does it mean to be in awe of someone?
  • What does it mean to be in awe of God?
  • What kinds of people are other people in awe of?
    • Why do you think that this happens?
  • What does it mean to be elevated?
  • What does it mean to sin?

Creative Thinking:

  • Make a list of reasons that causes people to sin.
  • Make a list of reasons that stops people from sinning.
  • Make a list of things which elevate you as a person.

Homeschool Activities:

  • Is sinning related to religion? Explain your point of view.
  • God was trying to help the children of Israel from sinning. Create a media campaign to help people not sin. Use at least three of the following media:
    • twitter
    • Facebook
    • sermon
    • face-to-face talk
    • flyer
    • brochure
    • emails
    • TV commercial
    • radio commercial
  •  Is it a sin to be in awe of another person? Defend your point of view.
  • Is it the same thing to be in awe of another person and to be in awe of God? Explain.
  • Do you ever want to do something that is considered a sin? Write about what would stop you from sinning.
  • The children of Israel were afraid to hear God directly.  They wanted Moses to tell them whatever God wanted to convey. Can you get the same message through a mediator? Explain your position.
  • If God wanted to talk to the children of Israel did they have any right to tell Moses that they didn’t want to hear God directly?

Haveil Havalim: Father’s Day and More From Enjoying the Bible Online

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 Happy Father’s Day to Our Fathers!!!                          

Haveil Havalim

Haveil Havalim (HH) is a blog which comes out once a week to let you know about new blogs related to Judaism and Israel. Please take a look at some of the blogs, leave them comments (letting them know that you came from HH) and pass this post on to others.

The blog is usually hosted by Batya Medad (shilohmuse@gmail.com) but she is happy to turn the reigns over to others.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Batya for all of her help and patience with putting out this post. (It’s my first time putting out a Haveil Havalim blog.) I know that she would be glad to help you too!

The next Haveil Havalim post will be put together by Yael Shahar. Please send her your articles next week before Shabbat your time at ya.shahar@gmail.com.

Since Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day in many countries around the world I want to wish all of you fathers a Happy Father’s Day. I would also like to include some blogs related to Father’s Day and Judaism.

Family Life:

Jewish Values Online ran an article entitled Is Father’s Day a Religious Holiday?

Enjoying the Bible Online provided discussion questions, creative thinking questions, and activities related to the ten commandments and honoring our fathers in Honoring Our Parents – You Have a Chance This Father’s Day

For those wondering what makes a good father, Aish HaTorah ran an article written on parenting by Koby Mandell the year before he was murdered. How to be a Parent: A Father’s Day Special

Fascinating Jewish Fathers and Sons is a tribute to Jewish fathers on Jewlarious.

On me-ander, Batya Medad writes Fun Time with a Granddaughter

Mommzy gets back to blogging with It’s been a while! on Our Jewish Homeschool Blog.

Parsha:

Ben-Tzion Spitz writes about Corruptibility.

Books:

The June Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly roundup of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere, is being hosted by Chava Pinchuck at Life is Like a Library. You’ll find links to Jewish book news, book reviews and author interviews.

Ellen Zimmerman wrote in Jewish Holidays in a Box about using the book Miss Rumphius as a catalyst to garden with children.

Robert J. Avrech, an emmy award winning screenwriter, gives an excerpt in Seraphic Secret from his book How I Married Karen.

Ovadya ben Malka writes of attempts of the Sonderkommando to get word out about what was happening in Birkenau. “These are my heroes,” he writes. “Not those who take up arms against the Germans in a hopeless battle, but those who take up words against the silence. For Those Who Wrote contains an excerpt from the book A Damaged Mirror

Israeli Society:

How the war was won in the blog Our Shiputzim: A Work in Progress explains how Israeli society and culture are quietly evolving.

Batya Medad of Shiloh Musings, explains in Not “PC,” Let The Convicted Terrorists Kill Themselves why she believes that Arab terrorists should not be force fed while on hunger-strike.

In me-ander, Batya Medad, explains what she likes about the shmitta year in her post The Best Thing About Sh’mitta Agricultural Sabbatical 

If you want to read about beer in Tel Aviv check out A Visit to Beer Bazaar in Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv.

Time for Israel to Leave the United Nations discusses leaving the U.N on the Shiloh Musings blog.

New Israeli Educational Stamps including Jewelry from Jewish Communities was posted by Jacob Richman

Justin Hayet wrote about Max Steinberg who died while fighting in Gaza during last years Operation Protective Edge and Birthright in Max Steinberg: Our hero on Mt. Herzl.

Varda Meyers Epstein posts on Israellycool a simple phone film which demonstrates, more than any words could, that Israel is most adamantly NOT an Apartheid state.

Shavua Tov!

Honoring Our Parents – You Have a Chance This Father’s Day

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We are told in the fifth commandment (fourth by Catholics) to honor our father and our mother. We are also told a reward for doing so – our days will be lengthened upon the land which God gave to the children of Israel.

Discussion Questions:

  • What does it mean to honor someone?
  • What are some ways to honor people?
  • Is it hard to honor people?

Creative Thinking:

  • Is honoring your father different than honoring your mother?
  • What could be the reasons for saying to “honor your father and your mother” instead of “honor your parents”?

Homeschool Activities:

  • If you could ask God why he included honoring our father and our mother as one of the Ten Commandments, what do you think that He would answer?
  • Write a poem telling your dad that you honor him. You might want to get some ideas from the book Cards & Toasts for Father’s Day: Express Yourself in Rhyme or The Big Book of Cards & Toasts for Almost All Occasions: Express Yourself in Rhyme, but make sure to write your own poem.
  • God told us to honor our father and our mother and then He tells us a reward for doing so. If God tells us to do something should He need to give us a reward? Explain.
  • Do you think that rewards motivate people to do something that they should do anyway? Explain.
  • Research the instigation of Father’s Day.
  • If you could create a national holiday, what would it be? Explain why you believe that it is worthy of being a holiday.
  • Do you think that fathers are different than mothers? If so how and if not why not?
  • Make a gift for Father’s Day. Explain why it is an appropriate gift.

Take a look at the article “Is Father’s Day a Religious Holiday?” 

Is Father’s Day a Religious Holiday?

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Is Father’s Day a Religious Holiday? Check out this article which I wrote that got picked up by Jewish Values Online. 

You still have time to order Cards & Toasts for Father’s Day. This year give your dad the gift of words!

Is Moses Naive to Trust the Children of Israel?

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Moses told the children of Israel to stay away from the mountain and then he climbed up to be with God. Once he was up on Mount Sinai, God told him to go down and to tell the people to stay away from the mountain so that they would not die. Moses said that the children of Israel would not go near the mountain because they had already been warned to stay away.   

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you get annoyed when you are told something more than once?
  • Should we trust that people listen to what we say and not repeat our warnings?
  • Moses trusted the children of Israel. What does it mean to trust someone?

Creative Thinking:

  • Make a list of times when you should trust people and a list of times when you should not. What is the defining difference?
  • What could be some of reasons that God would tell the children of Israel not to touch Mount Sinai at this time?

Homeschool Activities:

  • What is the difference between cannot and may not? Explain in context of the children of Israel touching Mount Sinai.
  • Was Moses naive to trust the children of Israel?
  • God said that the mountain was to be holy and that the children of Israel should stay away from it. Why do you think that the children of Israel were told not to touch the mountain?
  • Moses trusted the children of Israel not to touch the mountain. Why do you think that he trusted them?
    • Do you think that they deserved his trust? Explain.
  • Write a letter to Moses and God describing why they should believe that you will heed their warning.
  • Create a flyer to give out to the children of Israel warning them not to touch the mountain.
  • The children of Israel were told that the mountain was holy. Explain what holiness is.
  • Today there are signs by hydro stations warning people to stay away. But, every year people are hurt because they touch hydro lines. Compare this with the warning to the children of Israel by God through Moses that they were not to touch the mountain.

It is almost Father’s Day! Check out Cards & Toasts for Father’s Day for ideas of what you can write or say to your dad to make this a meaningful Father’s Day.

Unity and Obedience From the Children of Israel

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After God told the children of Israel that they should listen to His voice and follow His covenant they responded that they would do whatever God asked of them. 

Discussion Questions:

  • Is it usual to say that you will do what someone asks when you don’t know what will be asked of you?
  • Have you ever agreed to do something before knowing what was going to be required? How did it work out?
  • Do you think that you have the same point of view as a whole group of people? How does it feel?

Creative Thinking:

  • Do you think that the world would be a better place if everyone had one point of view? Explain.
  • How would the world be different if everyone followed all the laws?
    • Would this solve all of the world’s problems? Why or why not?

Homeschooling Activities:

  • Try to get someone to agree to do whatever it is that you are about to ask of them without revealing what you are about to ask.
    • Was it hard to find someone who would blindly agree to your request?
    • Now try to get a whole group of people to agree to do whatever it is that you are about to ask of them without revealing what you are about to ask.
      • How much harder was this than just convincing one person?
  • What do you think it would be like if your whole country or everyone of your religion had one point of view?
  • Make a chart with ten different groups (such as your city, religion, sports club). Beside each group mark off if you can say that there is something of significance that everyone in the group can agree on. For the groups that have a view point in common write down what they agree on.
  • Try doing everything that your parents ask of you for one week. Describe the experience.
  • Describe a point of view that your immediate family agrees on very strongly.
  • Describe a point of view that your immediate family disagrees on strongly. Describe the different points of view.
  • Write a speech to try and get people to hold your point of view about something that you really care about.
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