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Course Description: Chumash Shemot

Course Name: Chumash Shemot
Teacher: Rabbi Reuven Spolter
Text Studied: Sefer Shemot, Chapters 1-15
For Grades: 5-8
General Course Description:
Sefer Shemot is the story of the birth of the Jewish nation. The Jewish people transform from a tiny family to a huge nation, and suffer through centuries of slavery before Hashem chooses Moshe to free them from Par’oh and the Egyptians. We will learn the structure of the first half of the Sefer

The student will learn the following skills during this 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 and the Midrash
  • How to identify key words (milah manchah) that repeat in the text and understand their importance

The student will learn the following Judaic knowledge

  • The early history of the Jewish people as described in the Torah
  • Why was Moshe chosen as the leader of the Bnei Yisrael? What were some of his important qualities?
  • The struggle between Moshe and Par’oh
  • In-depth understanding of each of the Makkot (plagues), and the broader goals of the plagues
  • The first mitzvot in the Torah, and the tranformation of the Jewish people into a God-fearing nation
  • The actual Exodus – what is Midrash, and what really is described in the Pesukim?

Number of lessons: 20
Sample Lesson: Sample Lesson coming soon

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