Meaningful discussions on the parasha are an excellent tool for challenging children to clarify their thoughts on a particular topic. When introducing a meaningful discussion based on Parashat Ha-Shavua, we create an opportunity to bring the weekly Torah portion into our everyday lives, spark curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and teach respectful discourse. 

Below, please find discussion topics for both younger and older children that may be utilized in the physical or virtual classroom, in a family or informal group setting, and more. For tips on how to host meaningful parasha discussions for younger children, click HERE. For tips on how to host meaningful parasha discussions for older children, click HERE.

 

DISCUSSIONS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

Parashat Bemidbar - פרשת במדבר

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Sefer Bemidbar begins with a census. Interestingly, the name of the book in English is “Numbers.” What kind of census will it be? Who will be counted? Men? Women? Children? Why are they counted now? God commanded a census to count the people as a symbol of His love. Can you think of something which is counted because of love?

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 1:3):

מִבֶּן עֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וָמַעְלָה כָּל יֹצֵא צָבָא בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל תִּפְקְדוּ אֹתָם לְצִבְאֹתָם אַתָּה וְאַהֲרֹן

You and Aaron shall record them by their groups, from the age of twenty years up, all those in Israel who are able to bear arms.

 

DISCUSSIONS QUESTION #2

Parashat Bemidbar describes the way the Jewish people camped in the desert on their way to the land of Israel. The people were organized in a large square with the mishkan (Tabernacle) and the Levites in the middle. Each family camped with their tribe and each tribe had its own unique flag. The flags and their colors were influenced by the blessings that Jacob had given the tribes at the end of Sefer Bereshit

If you were to design a flag to represent your family, what picture would be on the flag?

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 1:52)

 וְחָנוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִישׁ עַל מַחֲנֵהוּ וְאִישׁ עַל דִּגְלוֹ לְצִבְאֹתָם

The Israelites will encamp troop by troop, each man with his division and each under his standard.

Parashat Naso - פרשת נשא

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Naso is the longest parasha in the Torah. One reason is the repetition of the gifts of the princes to the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Although each gift is the same, the details are repeated for each one of the twelve princes. The Torah, in general, is often so careful with its use of words. Why repeat the exact gift twelve times instead of just writing that all the princes each gave this gift one after another? Is there a message here?

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 7:12-19):

יְהִי הַמַּקְרִיב בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן אֶת קָרְבָּנוֹ נַחְשׁוֹן בֶּן עַמִּינָדָב לְמַטֵּה יְהוּדָה: וְקָרְבָּנוֹ קַעֲרַת כֶּסֶף אַחַת שְׁלשִׁים וּמֵאָה מִשְׁקָלָהּ מִזְרָק אֶחָד כֶּסֶף שִׁבְעִים שֶׁקֶל בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ שְׁנֵיהֶם מְלֵאִים סֹלֶת בְּלוּלָה בַשֶּׁמֶן לְמִנְחָה:
כַּף אַחַת עֲשָׂרָה זָהָב מְלֵאָה קְטֹרֶת: פַּר אֶחָד בֶּן בָּקָר אַיִל אֶחָד כֶּבֶשׂ אֶחָד בֶּן שְׁנָתוֹ לְעֹלָה: שְׂעִיר עִזִּים אֶחָד לְחַטָּאת: וּלְזֶבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים בָּקָר שְׁנַיִם אֵילִם חֲמִשָּׁה עַתּוּדִים חֲמִשָּׁה כְּבָשִׂים בְּנֵי שָׁנָה חֲמִשָּׁה זֶה קָרְבַּן נַחְשׁוֹן בֶּ עַמִּינָדָב: בַּיּוֹם הַשֵּׁנִי הִקְרִיב נְתַנְאֵל בֶּן צוּעָר נְשִׂיא יִשָּׂשׂכָר: הִקְרִב אֶת קָרְבָּנוֹ קַעֲרַת כֶּסֶף אַחַת שְׁלשִׁים וּמֵאָה מִשְׁקָלָהּ מִזְרָק אֶחָד כֶּסֶף שִׁבְעִים שֶׁקֶל בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ……….. 

The one who presented his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab of the tribe of Judah. His offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight, both filled with choice flour with oil mixed in, for a meal-offering; one gold ladle of 10 shekels, filled with incense; one bull of the herd, one ram, and one lamb in its first year, for a burnt offering; and for his sacrifice of well-being: two oxen, five rams, five he-goats, and five yearling lambs. That was the offering of Nahshon son of Amminadab. On the second day, Nethanel son of Zuar, chieftain of Issachar, made his offering. He presented as his offering: one silver bowl weighing 130 shekels and one silver basin of 70 shekels by the sanctuary weight…

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

Parashat Naso includes the very meaningful blessing of the Kohanim (priests) which is still recited today in synagogues today. It’s difficult to understand what it means that “God will shine His light on you.” What do you think it means? Can a person also “shine a light” on others? How? What does it feel like?

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 6:24-26):

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָֹה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ

May God bless you and protect you

יָאֵר יְהוָֹה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ

May God deal kindly and graciously with you

יִשָּׂא יְהוָֹה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

May God bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace

Parashat Behaalotekha - פרשת בהעלתך

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

In this week’s parasha, the people tire of the manna they have been receiving and demand meat. Moses needs help! He feels he can’t lead the people alone, so God tells him to gather 70 elders and he will share his wisdom and Divine inspiration with them and they will help him. Will his leadership change because he is sharing it? Can you be a good leader and also share responsibilities with others? 

The medieval commentator Rashi describes this process – Moses sharing his leadership was like a menorah who can light other candles and share his light, while at the same time, his own light stays strong. Can you think of any leaders like this?

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 11:16-17, 25)

 וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ אֶל משֶׁה אֶסְפָה לִּי שִׁבְעִים אִישׁ מִזִּקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר יָדַעְתָּ כִּי הֵם זִקְנֵי הָעָם וְשֹׁטְרָיו וְלָקַחְתָּ אֹתָם אֶל אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וְהִתְיַצְּבוּ שָׁם עִמָּךְ: וְיָרַדְתִּי וְדִבַּרְתִּי עִמְּךָ שָׁם וְאָצַלְתִּי מִן הָרוּחַ אֲשֶׁר עָלֶיךָ וְשַׂמְתִּי עֲלֵיהֶם וְנָשְׂאוּ אִתְּךָ בְּמַשָּׂא הָעָם וְלֹא תִשָּׂא אַתָּה לְבַדֶּךָ… וַיֵּרֶד ה’ בֶּעָנָן וַיְדַבֵּר אֵלָיו וַיָּאצֶל מִן הָרוּחַ אֲשֶׁר עָלָיו וַיִּתֵּן עַל שִׁבְעִים אִישׁ הַזְּקֵנִים וַיְהִי כְּנוֹחַ עֲלֵיהֶם הָרוּחַ וַיִּתְנַבְּאוּ וְלֹא יָסָפוּ

Then God said to Moses, “Gather for Me seventy of Israel’s elders of whom you have experience as elders and officers of the people, and bring them to the Tent of Meeting and let them take their place there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will draw upon the spirit that is on you and put it upon them; they shall share the burden of the people with you, and you shall not bear it alone.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

In Parashat Behaalotekha, the Jewish people celebrated their first (and only) Passover in the desert. Imagine the excitement now that they had a Mishkan (Tabernacle) and could bring a Passover sacrifice. BUT – some people were not able to participate because they were tamei (spiritually impure) and therefore couldn’t bring the sacrifice. They approached Moses because they didn’t want to be left out of the mitzvah and he didn’t know the answer and consulted with God. 

God responded that they can have a second chance exactly one month later -the 14th of the month of Iyaar, which became known as Pesach Sheni (Second Passover).

Nowadays many people eat a piece of matzah on this day to remember the occasion.

Why do you think God gave the people a “second chance”? When do you think this is especially important? Do you remember a time when you were given a “second chance?” 

Look inside the text, (Bemidbar 9: 7 – 11)

וַיֹּאמְרוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים הָהֵמָּה אֵלָיו אֲנַחְנוּ טְמֵאִים לְנֶפֶשׁ אָדָם לָמָּה נִגָּרַע לְבִלְתִּי הַקְרִיב אֶת קָרְבַּן יְהוָֹה בְּמֹעֲדוֹ בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:
 וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם משֶׁה עִמְדוּ וְאֶשְׁמְעָה מַה יְּצַוֶּה יְהוָֹה לָכֶם:
 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
 דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר אִישׁ אִישׁ כִּי יִהְיֶה טָמֵא לָנֶפֶשׁ אוֹ בְדֶרֶךְ רְחֹקָה לָכֶם אוֹ לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם וְעָשָׂה פֶסַח לַיהוָֹה:
 בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי בְּאַרְבָּעָה עָשָׂר יוֹם בֵּין הָעַרְבַּיִם יַעֲשׂוּ אֹתוֹ עַל מַצּוֹת וּמְרֹרִים יֹאכְלֻהוּ

But there were some men who were spiritually impure and could not offer the Passover sacrifice on that day. Appearing that same day before Moses and Aaron,those men said to them, “Unclean though we are by reason of a corpse, why must we be stopped from presenting God’s offering at its set time with the rest of the Israelites?”Moses said to them, “Stand by, and let me hear what instructions the God gives about you.”And God spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Israelite people, saying: When any of you or of your posterity who are defiled by a corpse or are on a long journey would offer a passover sacrifice to God, they shall offer it in the second month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.”

Parashat Shelah - פרשת שלח

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Did you ever have to move to a new place? Were you excited about the new possibilities or afraid of the challenges and everything which may go wrong? Parashat Shelah describes the journey of the meraglim, the spies who go to check out Israel. Although they begin their report with a good thing, most of their report is about all the dangers and frightening things and when the people hear this, they cry all night and don’t want to go.

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 14: 1-3):

וַתִּשָּׂא כָּל הָעֵדָה וַיִּתְּנוּ אֶת קוֹלָם וַיִּבְכּוּ הָעָם בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא:
וַיִּלֹּנוּ עַל משֶׁה וְעַל אַהֲרֹן כֹּל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֲלֵהֶם כָּל הָעֵדָה לוּ מַתְנוּ בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם אוֹ בַּמִּדְבָּר הַזֶּה לוּ מָתְנוּ:
 וְלָמָה ה’ מֵבִיא אֹתָנוּ אֶל הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת לִנְפֹּל בַּחֶרֶב נָשֵׁינוּ וְטַפֵּנוּ יִהְיוּ לָבַז הֲלוֹא טוֹב לָנוּ שׁוּב מִצְרָיְמָה

The whole community broke into loud cries, and the people wept that night. 

All the Israelites railed against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in the land of Egypt,” the whole community shouted at them, “or if only we might die in this wilderness!”

“Why is God taking us to that land to fall by the sword?” “Our wives and children will be carried off!” “It would be better for us to go back to Egypt!”

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

At the end of Parashat Shelah, we read about the mitzvah of tzitzit (fringes) which is also recited every day as the final paragraph of Shema prayer.  Our sages explain that one purpose of tzitzit is to remind one to do the mitzvot. A special blue string, called techelet, was attached to the tzitzit. This color is the color of the sea, and the sea is a reflection of the blue in the sky. This serves as a reminder of the throne of glory of God in heaven.

If there is something important you need to remember, do you write it down, or do you have some other special reminder? How can an article of clothing affect your behavior?

 

Parashat Korah - פרשת קרח

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Have you ever had an argument where someone else is accusing you of something which is not true? What can be done to resolve it?

Parashat Korah describes the rebellion of Korch, Dathan, and Abiram against the leadership of Moses. When Moshe asks Datan and Abiram to come to him for a discussion, they answer in a very aggressive manner, even using the words describing the land of Israel, “the land flowing with milk and honey,” to describe Egypt, the land of their slavery! They accuse Moses of bringing them to the desert to die.

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 16:13-14):

 הַמְעַט כִּי הֶעֱלִיתָנוּ מֵאֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ לַהֲמִיתֵנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר כִּי תִשְׂתָּרֵר עָלֵינוּ גַּם הִשְׂתָּרֵר

? אַף לֹא אֶל אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ הֲבִיאֹתָנוּ וַתִּתֶּן לָנוּ נַחֲלַת שָׂדֶה וָכָרֶם הַעֵינֵי הָאֲנָשִׁים הָהֵם תְּנַקֵּר לֹא נַעֲלֶה

Is it not enough that you brought us from a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, that you would also lord it over us?

Even if you had brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey, and given us possession of fields and vineyards, should you gouge out the eyes of those involved? We will not come!

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

In Parashat Korah, the leadership of Moses and Aaron is challenged by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. They claim that all the people are holy, and it’s not fair that only Moses and Aaron are the ones to lead. 

What do you think was unique about Moses and Aaron that they were chosen above others? What do you think are the qualities of a good leader of the Jewish people? Why are these important? 

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 16:3)

 וַיִּקָּהֲלוּ עַל משֶׁה וְעַל אַהֲרֹן וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֲלֵהֶם רַב לָכֶם כִּי כָל הָעֵדָה כֻּלָּם קְדשִׁים וּבְתוֹכָם יְהוָֹה וּמַדּוּעַ תִּתְנַשְּׂאוּ עַל קְהַל יְהוָֹה

They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and God is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above God’s congregation?”

Parashat Hukkat - פרשת חוקת

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Has it ever happened to you that a trip you were taking took longer than expected and you became tired of the travels? Or a task took longer and was more complicated than expected? What helps you deal with this kind of frustration?

Parashat Hukkat describes the despair of the Israelites as their journey in the desert is made longer by the refusal of the King of Edom to pass through their land -now the journey will be longer! They begin to complain about the “man” they have received every day and Hashem punishes them.

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 21:4-6):

 וַיִּסְעוּ מֵהֹר הָהָר דֶּרֶךְ יַם סוּף לִסְבֹּב אֶת אֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם וַתִּקְצַר נֶפֶשׁ הָעָם בַּדָּרֶךְ:
 וַיְדַבֵּר הָעָם בֵּאלֹקים וּבְמשֶׁה לָמָה הֶעֱלִיתֻנוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם לָמוּת בַּמִּדְבָּר כִּי אֵין לֶחֶם וְאֵין מַיִם וְנַפְשֵׁנוּ קָצָה בַּלֶּחֶם הַקְּלֹקֵל:
יְשַׁלַּח ה’ בָּעָם אֵת הַנְּחָשִׁים הַשְּׂרָפִים וַיְנַשְּׁכוּ אֶת הָעָם וַיָּמָת עַם רָב מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל

They set out from Mount Hor by way of the Sea of Reeds to skirt the land of Edom. But the people grew restive on the journey, and the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why did you make us leave Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread and no water, and we have come to loathe this miserable food.” God sent serpents against the people. They bit the people and many of the Israelites died

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

In this parasha, we learn about the sin and punishment of Moses. When there is no water to drink, the people complain bitterly to Moses, and God tells Moses to take his staff and speak to a rock, and water will flow from it.  Instead, Moses speaks angrily to the people and hits the rock. As a consequence of this sin, Moses is told that he will not enter the Holy Land (the Land of Israel).

Do we expect more of our leaders than we expect of average people? Should leaders be held to a higher standard? Why or why not?

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 20:12)

 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל משֶׁה וְאֶל אַהֲרֹן יַעַן לֹא הֶאֱמַנְתֶּם בִּי לְהַקְדִּישֵׁנִי לְעֵינֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לָכֵן לֹא תָבִיאוּ אֶת הַקָּהָל הַזֶּה אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לָהֶם

But God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the Israelite people, therefore you shall not lead this congregation into the land that I have given them.”

Parashat Balak - פרשת בלק

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

In Parashat Balak we read about Bilaam who tried to curse the Jewish people but blessed them instead. One of the characters in the story is Bilaam’s donkey who refuses to take him on his mission to the king. Bilaam beats him and the donkey speaks to him in a complaint.

Do you think animals have language? Do you believe that Bilaam’s donkey used words or another way to convey his message? 

 

Look inside the text (Bemidbar 22:28):

 וַיִּפְתַּח ה’ אֶת פִּי הָאָתוֹן וַתֹּאמֶר לְבִלְעָם מֶה עָשִׂיתִי לְךָ כִּי הִכִּיתָנִי זֶה שָׁלשׁ רְגָלִים

But God was incensed at his going; so a messenger of God took a position in his way as an adversary. He was riding on his donkey, with his two servants alongside.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

In this parasha, Bilaam the magician is hired by Balak, the king of Moab, to curse the Jewish people because he is afraid of them. Bilaam agrees, but instead of cursing the Jews, he blesses them. Among his blessings are the words we say in our prayers every morning: He blesses the tents (homes) of the Jewish people!

What do you think is a good blessing for a home -what makes it a good place to be?

 Look inside the text (Bemidbar 24:5)

מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל

How fair are your tents, Jacob, Your dwellings, Israel!

DISCUSSIONS FOR OLDER CHILDREN

Parashat Bemidbar - פרשת במדבר

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

The organization of the camp of the Israelites places the mishkan (Tabernacle) at the center, highlighting its role as the thing which binds the people together. What stands at the center of your life? Your family life? What are the values which define the essence of your community?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

The tribe of Levi was marked for special status. It also happened to be the tribe of both Moses and Aaron. How far must we go to avoid the appearance of nepotism? Should we disqualify the best candidates because they have a special relationship with someone making the decisions? Which is more important – getting the best person for the job or maintaining the respect for the integrity of the system?

Parashat Naso - פרשת נשא

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

The heads of the tribes brought two different offerings to celebrate the inauguration of the Tabernacle – one was a group offering, the other individual. Which is a more profound experience, being a soloist or being part of an orchestra working together? When it is important to be part of a group and when is it more important to be an individual? How do we establish a balance in our lives between working as part of the community and taking care of our own needs?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

In his search for spiritual elevation, the nazir effectively distances himself from much of public life. His hair grows uncut, he cannot participate in many celebrations (involving wine or alcohol), and he must protect himself from impurity. How do we balance our need for personal space, growth, individuality, and spiritual searching with our responsibility to be part of a community? As parents, or children, how do we balance the responsibilities we have to ourselves, our families, and our communities? Which of those takes precedence and how do we decide?

Parashat Behaalotekha - פרשת בהעלתך

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Moses invites his father-in-law, Yitro, to join the Israelites on their journey to the promised land. Yitro declines, feeling like he is an outsider. What kinds of things do we say or do, perhaps even without being aware, which people who are slightly different from us or with different backgrounds than us feel uncomfortable or unwanted? How consciously do we need to be of other people’s sensitivities to avoid offending them?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

A small group of people was excluded from the Pesach (Passover) offering in the second year because of their impurity. When they complained to Moses, who then turned to God, they were given a second opportunity to do it a month later. When is it OK to make exceptions to the rule? What happens when every request for an exception is granted? What about our people who are disadvantaged in some way – should we always be looking for ways to accommodate them? What about firefighters or soldiers without legs, or blind surgeons? What are the limits of those exceptions?

Parashat Shelah - פרשת שלח

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

The scouts report what they saw along with their interpretation of it. Should leaders always tell the truth, or are there times when it is better if the public is kept in the dark?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

All of Israel is punished for their reaction to the report of the scouts, but God metes out special punishment to the scouts who brought back a bad report. Do leaders have responsibilities and accountability greater than their followers? Should followers be held accountable for listening to their leaders?

Parashat Korah - פרשת קרח

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Moses responds to the challenge of Dathan and Abiram with some cynical remarks, and Dathan and Abiram refuse to even show up to a meeting with him. What happens when verbal debates don’t focus on the substance of the issues but on the style of delivery or the sharpness of the put-down? Political muscle-flexing is the way things get done, but too much power control leads to abuse. How do we know when to use the means at hand to get done what we think is right and when we are crossing the line? Is using the power that we have appropriate in other kinds of relationships? At what point does it become an abusive relationship?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

The Israelites are instructed to provide for the basic needs of the Levites since the Levites are landless. Is it good for public servants to be dependent on those whom they serve? Does that create a set of checks and balances on the public servants or does it make them too vulnerable to do their jobs properly? Is it best to have a leadership that is independently wealthy and doesn’t need the financial support of the public?

Parashat Hukkat - פרשת חוקת

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

As the Israelites pass by the southern border of the Promised Land they are attacked by the king of Arad who takes some people captive. The Israelites vow vengeance and take it soon afterward. The Torah earlier warned against vengeance, and the Rabbis spare few words in describing the damage that vengeance does to us. Are there certain types of vengeance that are OK but others that aren’t? What does vengeance, even if justified, do to us as people?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

In a famous ironic twist, while the person for whom the Red Heifer is prepared is purified by it, everyone involved in its preparation becomes impure (albeit to a lesser extent). It could be argued that everyone who helps others needs to sacrifice some of themselves for the benefit of those they are helping. This is true for friends, parents, teachers, medical professionals, and more. How do we know when the sacrifice is too much? At what point are the givers allowed to say that they need time or energy for themselves? Do we resent the givers who pull back to take care of themselves?

Parashat Balak - פרשת בלק

DISCUSSION QUESTION #1

Bilaam clearly tells Balak, many times, that he cannot curse the Israelites as God will not permit it. Despite those repeated proclamations, it later becomes clear that Bilaam is involved in a different plot to undermine the Israelites. What kinds of motivations drive us to do things which we know are clearly wrong? How do we feel after we’ve done them?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTION #2

After having seen the Israelites destroy the powerful nations of the Emorites and the Bashan, Balak sends for the sorcerer Bilaam to curse the Israelites. Success can sometimes backfire, as it builds envy or fear in others. Should we let that stop us? Is it possible to be too successful? Can we mitigate the fear that others have of our success?