Are you living your Resume or your Eulogy?

פרשת חיי שרה
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Written by:
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
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ברכה ראשונה

  • Suggested Berachot Rishonot that are specifically connected to the topic at hand
  • You do not need to include ritualized or general berachot rishonot unless there are ones specifically connected to the limmud

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

In this week’s parsha, Sarah dies and Avraham comes to her funeral. The verse says:

ספר בראשית פרק כג

(ב) וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ:

  1. Based on your knowledge of Sarah and her relationship with Avraham, what do you think Avraham said in his eulogy? Name 2 or 3 points that you would expect him to have included.
  2. Have you ever been to a funeral and heard a eulogy? 
    1. Can you characterize the kinds of things that are generally said at such an event?
    2. Can you characterize the kinds of things that are generally not mentioned?
  3. There is a saying that questions whether someone is living their resume or their eulogy. Which do you think you are living?
  4. What steps can you take to live more of your eulogy?

ברכה אחרונה

  • Place your beracha achrona here
  • You can have one or multiple suggestions

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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