Parsha for all ages
Nearly every Shabat (Saturday) morning, a parsha – section of the Torah — is read in the synagogue as part of the Shacharit (morning) prayer. Each parsha has a name. A parsha may discuss Jewish laws and customs, or it may contain the history of the Jewish people, or both! You can read about the parshiyot (plural of parsha) in all versions of Have You been Jewish Today? by Sholom Morgan.
I have created questions about the content of each parsha. Some parshiyot have many questions, others only a few. They are all designed to be interesting and informative. The questions are below.
The answer to each question is provided in CAPITAL LETTERS after each question, and many questions are designed to segue to the next one. The questions I have created have been used for many years, and can be used by anyone, small children as well as adults. They capture much of the content of each parsha.
Feel free to print as many parshiyot as you wish.
FOR ADULTS: If you are a parent and your children are enrolled in a Jewish school, you could ask them the questions on Shabat (which is from Friday night to Saturday night) while eating one of the Shabat meals or after the meal. This assumes, of course, that your child(ren)s’ teachers have taught the contents of the parsha which, in many Jewish schools, begins in kindergarten or first grade.
If your child(ren) do not attend a Jewish school, read the adult edition of Have You been Jewish Today? to discover why attending one is important.
If you are unfamiliar with the contents of each parsha, it is important that you learn it! Children who see their parents learning the parshiyot are more likely to imitate their behavior.
You may want to make a game of the questions, e.g., your child(ren) stand in a line next to each other. The child who answers a question correctly takes a step forward. The child who has moved the furthest wins whatever coveted prize you want to offer (e.g., sweets). With your creative ability, you can no doubt invent many games to make answering the questions fun! And by the way, the parsha experience is enhanced when children of two or more families participate in answering the questions.
FOR OLDER CHILDREN: If you have learned the contents of the parsha, you should have no difficulty answering the questions. If you haven’t learned the contents, although the questions provide much information about the content of each parsha, you are nevertheless strongly encouraged to learn each parsha.