Torah & Texts

Chayei Sarah

By Goldie Goldbloom

Step into a desert oasis and get to know Rebecca (Rivkah) as a young girl in Parshat Chayei Sarah, and how she comes to meet Isaac (Yitzchak.) Narrator Goldie Goldbloom talks about kindness, as exemplified by the matriarch as a young woman. She weaves a classic midrash from the medieval commentator Rashi into this look at the parsha.

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Chayei Sara Source Sheet

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Chayei Sarah Lesson Guide

Camels in Chayei Sarah: Torah Craft for Kids

Are you a Jewish educator or parent looking for fun ways to engage kids in the weekly Torah portion? Our video brings Chayei Sarah to life in a DIY craft project all about the parsha’s key character: the camel. Learn alongside Beer Sheva-based educator, Emily Shapiro Katz as she guides you step-by-step while integrating Torah study, Hebrew language and Israel education. This simple craft project is easy enough that you could lead it at home or at school, with young kids or older kids.

Supplies you’ll need:
– paint or markers
– construction and printer paper
– camel print-out (like this one)
– glue stick
– scissors
– gems, pom poms and stickers

To find more about Emily’s work, check out her blog, Yetzira.

Abraham Buys the Cave of The Patriarchs

Parshat Chayei Sarah relates the story of Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of The Patriarchs (Ma’arat Hamachpela) in Hebron. The site today remains a holy place to both Jews and Muslims who believe that it is the final resting place of Abraham, Sarah, and their extended family.

In this video, the BimBam team worked with the 2016 B’nai Mitzvah class at B’nai Jeshurun in Pepper Pike, Ohio  to bring the story to life. These are their words and interpretations, voices and artwork.

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