Working Hard for the Things We Love

פרשת ויצא
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Written by:
Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
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כט,כ וַיַּעֲבֹד יַעֲקֹב בְּרָחֵל שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים 

וַיִּהְיוּ בְעֵינָיו כְּיָמִים אֲחָדִים 

בְּאַהֲבָתוֹ אֹתָהּ

  1. מה בו What's the text saying? (And what do we know about the context of this פסוק?
  2. מה ליבו What's the text really saying? What meaning or bigger idea is it conveying? Can you think of any examples of people you know or know about who’ve had a similar experience?
  3. מה לי בו What’s it saying to me? What aspects of this פסוק do you connect with?

Additional Connection Questions

  • Have you ever worked so hard for something? 
  • Did it feel like a long time or a short time?
  • Can you imagine loving something or someone so much? What might that be?
  • How would that love impact your attitude towards something challenging or difficult? What kind of challenges or difficulties do you have in mind?

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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