Course Description: Chumash Bamidbar Part 1

Course Name: Chumash Bamidbar Part 1
Teacher: Rabbi Reuven Spolter
Text Studied: Sefer Bamidbar, Chapters 1-11
For Grades: 5-8

Number of lessons: 20
General Course Description:
Sefer Bamidbar chronicles the counting of the Jewish people, as they make the slow transition from a nation of slaves to an army capable of conquering the Holy Land.

This course covers:

  • The counting of the Jewish people
  • The structure of the camp in the Midbar
  • The Levi’im, their camp, counting and swapping for the first-born
  • The Nazir
  • Birkat Kohanim
  • The Gifts of the Nesi’im
  • Travels in the desert
  • Moshe and Chovav
  • Signs of trouble – the complainers and the Asafsuf

The student will learn the following during this text-based course:

  • How to read and translate the text of the Torah
  • How to divide up pesukim in order to better understand the chumash
  • How to recognize and decode verbs in the chumash and identify shorashim (roots)
  • Understanding selected comments of Rashi, Midrash and selected mefarshim
  • How to identify key words (milah manchah) that repeat in the text and understand their importance

The student will learn the following Judaic knowledge

  • What was the purpose of dividing the Jewish people into camps?
  • How long should it have taken the Jewish people to reach the Land of Israel?
  • Why would a person become a Nazir? What are the drawbacks?
  • What caused the Jewish people to question Moshe’s leadership?

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