Eulogies and Resumes

פרשת חיי שרה
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Written by:
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
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לימוד ועבודה פנימית

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

ספר בראשית פרק כג

And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba which is Hevron in the land of Canaan; and Avraham came to eulogize Sarah and to cry over her

(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 two or three points that you would expect him to have included.
  2. Have you ever been to a funeral and heard a eulogy?
    1. What are the kinds of things that are generally said about the person who passed away?
    2. What are the kinds of things that are generally not mentioned?
  3. There is a saying that questions whether someone is living their resume (something you would submit for a job application with a list of your relevant job experience and your professional accomplishments) or their eulogy. What do you think each would look like in your life?
  4. What steps can you take to live more of your eulogy?

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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