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Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

When BossGiraffe is away, a number of his duties fall to me. Without a doubt, teaching Confirmation is one of my favourite responsibilities to cover in his absence.

Using the Torah as our text book, the weekly parasha provides a perfect backdrop for all of the topics covered in the 10th grade year.

As the portion of this week is Chayyei Sarah, we parked our selves in the 24th chaper of the book of B’reisheet (that is, the book of Genesis) and carefully made our way through the account of Abraham’s servant and his charge to procure a wife for Isaac. We discovered how Abraham desired a girl from the old neighbourhood for his beloved son. We travelled with the servant, ten camels, and loads of bounty back to Nahor. We listened in on the private supplication of the servant as he prayed for God to guide him in this most daunting task. And so on.

After making our way through the narrative, I asked the students what important characterisitc they thought the text was telling us to seek out in a future partner.

Without skipping a beat, one young lady said, “someone with a lotta camels.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 11 November 2009 9:49 am

    okay, i got stuck at “boss giraffe” cuz i just think it’s so funny.

    then i kept reading and i’m rotfl at a 10th grader’s impression of the text. i did once have someone tell me (also a student) that a future partner needed to be strong, so she could draw water.


  2. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Wednesday, 18 November 2009 2:20 pm

    Ooooo — that is a good one too!

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