Caleb's Challenge

Winners of 5-7th grade short essay contest on weekly parasha

Caleb’s Challenge: Emor

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday April 27, 2014

Question: Leviticus 19:32: “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old; you shall fear your G-d: I am the Lord.” Tell us a story about what this means.

Winner:  EJ B., Grade 5

Just like in the old times we’d rise before a king/queen that enters the room.  The elderly are like the king/queen they have more knowledge.  So like when you help an elderly across the street, so you can protect all that knowledge from going to waste.

Caleb’s Challenge: Tazria

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Question: In the Haftarah for Tazria, the prophet Elisha miraculously makes 20 loaves of bread feed 100 people. Prophets of old both preached to the people and did miracles. Which do you think is more effective for bringing people to God? Why? (See two winning responses below.)

Co-Winner: Adam M., Grade 7

Caleb’s Challenge: Shabbat Zachor

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday March 9, 2014

Question: The Shabbat before Purim is called Shabbat Zachor. We read from Deut. 25:17-19 about how Amalek attacked the Israelites in the desert. The Torah says: “when the Lord your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land the Lord your God is giving you, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!”

How do we simultaneously block out the memory but not forget?

Winner: Aaron M., Grade 5

Caleb’s Challenge: Pekudei

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Question: For the Israelites, in the desert, God’s presence was known by a cloud during the day and fire at night. How is God’s presence known to us today?

Winner: Sophie C., Grade 7

God shows his presence everywhere, in every mitzvah, act of kindness, or present. However, since God is everywhere, he is also in all of the bad things we do. But in every bad person, there is always a little soft, kind, or generous spot. Maybe that is the significant part of God in them.

Caleb's Challenge: Tetzaveh

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday February 2, 2014

Question: The high priest wore pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and a belt. He had a breastplate and bells on the bottoms. If you had to design a high priest outfit, what would it be? (Describe and/or draw).

Winner: Allison S., Grade 5

I think the high priest would've had a Torah design on his breastplate to show that the Torah is in his heart. I think he would have had a Jewish star on his headpiece to show that he's proud to be a Jew! (see drawing below)

Caleb's Challenge: Terumah

Sun, 01/26/2014 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Question: Why were many of the objects of the tabernacles required to be covered in gold?

Winner: Jared B., Grade 7

I believe that many things in the Tabernacle were made of gold because the Tabernacle was pretty much the House of the Lord, and we wanted to show that even with how valuable gold is, we still believe the God is more valuable to us.

Caleb's Challenge: Veyechi

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 12:00am -- Caleb

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Question: In the portion, Jacob blesses Joseph's sons. He says:

May the angel who redeemed me from all evil bless the lads and call them by my name and the names of my father Abraham and Isaac, and may they become a multitude in the land. Today many Jews say this before bed. What does this blessing mean to you?

Winner: Elliot F., Grade 5

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