B’Tzelem Elokim Bara et Ha’Adam

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Written by:
Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
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ברכה ראשונה

What’s your favorite thing about being human?

לימוד ועבודה פנימית


בראשית פרק א

כז וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹקים אֶת-הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ, בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹקים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ:  זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה, בָּרָא אֹתָם.  

כח וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם, אֱלֹקים, וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹקים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, וְכִבְשֻׁהָ; וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם, וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם, וּבְכָל-חַיָּה, הָרֹמֶשֶׂת עַל-הָאָרֶץ. 


Sefer HaBiur (quoted in Nehama Leibowitz, Studies in Bereishit p. 2)

Man was the crown of creation, a little lower than angels, possessor of an immortal soul, capable of intelligent acknowledgement of his Creator and ruling the world by dint of his wisdom. ‘Let us make man’ the Creator announced. In other words, after I have created all the foregoing for the sake of man, to supply his needs and enjoyments, let the master enter his palace.” 

רב קוק - אורות הקודש א סד

Son of Man if you so choose

Look at the light of the shechinah throughout the universe…

Rise upwards, arise 

For there is mighty strength within you

You have wings of spirit 

the wings of knightly eagles.

Don't deny them lest they deny you.

Seek them 

and you will immediately find them

אם תרצה, בן אדם

הסתכל באור השכינה בכל היקום…

עלה למעלה עלה,

כי כח עז לך, 

יש לך כנפי רוח, 

כנפי נשרים אבירים. 

אל תכחש בם, פן יכחשו לך, 

דרש אותם, 

וימצאו לך מיד.

  1. What images or phrases jump out to you from these texts?
  2. What do the texts say about humankind?
  3. What do these texts say to humankind?
  4. What do these texts say about you, specifically?
  5. What do these texts say to you? What do they encourage you to do?

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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