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Noach (Bereshit-9:1-7) – בְּרֵאשִׁית- LPS

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Noach (Bereshit-9:1-7) – בְּרֵאשִׁית

1. And God blessed Noach and his sons, and
said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply [be
many], and fill the earth.
א וַיְבָרֶךְ אֱלֹהִים, אֶת-נֹחַ וְאֶת-בָּנָיו; וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ, וּמִלְאוּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ.
2. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall
be upon all the wildlife of the earth, and upon
all the fowl of the heavens, and all that crawl
on the soil, and all the fish of the sea – into
your hand are they given.
ב וּמוֹרַאֲכֶם וְחִתְּכֶם, יִהְיֶה, עַל כָּל-חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ, וְעַל כָּל-עוֹף הַשָּׁמָיִם; בְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר תִּרְמֹשׂ הָאֲדָמָה וּבְכָל-דְּגֵי הַיָּם, בְּיֶדְכֶם נִתָּנוּ.
3. All things crawling about that live, for you
shall they be, for eating, as with the green
plants, I now give you all of it.
ג כָּל-רֶמֶשׂ אֲשֶׁר הוּא-חַי, לָכֶם יִהְיֶה לְאָכְלָה: כְּיֶרֶק עֵשֶׂב, נָתַתִּי לָכֶם אֶת-כֹּל.
4. However – flesh with its life, its blood, you
shall not eat.
ד אַךְ-בָּשָׂר, בְּנַפְשׁוֹ דָמוֹ לֹא תֹאכֵלוּ.
7. As for you – bear fruit and be many, swarm
the earth and become many on it.
ז וְאַתֶּם, פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ; שִׁרְצוּ בָאָרֶץ, וּרְבוּ-בָהּ

 

Secondary Sources: Caring for Animals – PS, MS

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Secondary Source: Caring for Animals

What does the way we care for animals say about us?


Proverbs 12:10  מִשְׁלֵי

יוֹדֵעַ צַדִּיק נֶפֶשׁ בְּהֶמְתּוֹ

A righteous man knows the soul of his animal


You should not sit down to eat until you have first fed your animals
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You should not buy an animal unless you can guarantee it will have an adequate food supply
(Jerusalem Talmud, Ketubot, 4:8).Noach-9.1.7-Relationship-SS-Caring-for-Animals-PS-MS-Image2


Moses and David are often described in our tradition as devoted shepherds who gave every animal in their flock personal attention. It was this trait of their personalities that made them worthy in God’s eyes of leading the Jewish people.
( Exodus Rabbah 2.2)

Once, while Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, one young sheep ran away. Moses ran after it until the sheep reached a shady place, where he found a pool of water and began to drink. When Moses reached the sheep, he said: ‘I did not know you ran away because you were thirsty. Now, you must be exhausted [from running].’ Moses put the sheep on his shoulders and carried him [back to the herd]. God said, “Because you tend the sheep belonging to human beings with such mercy, you shall be the shepherd of My sheep, Israel.”
( Exodus Rabbah 2:2)

Activity: Interview about what we eat – MS, HS, A

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Noach-9.1.7-Eating-Meat-Microphone-ImageActivity: Interview about what we eat

 

Interview two people in your family or community about the following:

 

  1. Is there any kind of food that you personally choose not to eat? Why?
  2. Do you think that what you eat affects your health?
  3. Do you think that what you eat affects your mood?
  4. Do you think you can look at what someone eats and draw any conclusion about their lifestyle? Their values?
  5. Do you think that what you choose to eat or not eat can makes you a better person?
  6. Do you eat meat? Do you think this affects the kind of person you are?
  7. In the account of creation God blesses us and tells us and gives us all seed bearing plants to eat. In Noah, after the flood he tells he blesses us again, but this time he also allow us to eat meat. Why do you think God changes his blessing? Do you think we should eat meat?

Activity: Interview about what we eat – PS

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Noach-Eating-Meat-Bird-ImageActivity: Interview about what we eat

 

Interview two people in your family or community about the following:

 

  1. Is there any kind of food that you personally choose not to eat? Why not?
  2. Do you think that what you eat affects your health?
  3. Do you think that what you eat affects your mood?
  4. Is there anything you can know about a person from looking at what they eat?
  5. Do you eat meat? Why or why not?

Discussion Plan: The connection between who we are and what we eat – UPS, MS, HS

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Discussion Plan: The connection between who we are and what we eat

  1. If a person likes rare or raw meat, do you think they are likely to be more aggressive than someone who likes their meat well done? Why / Why not?
  2. If a person likes sweet things, do you think they are likely to have a sweet nature? Why / why not?
  3. Is there such a thing as ‘comfort food’? What does this mean?
  4. Is there such a thing as “Junk food”? What does this mean and why do we eat it?
  5. Is there such a thing as “soul food”? What does this mean?
  6. Do you think that what you eat affects your health? If so, give some examples.
  7. Do you think that what you eat affects your mood? If so, give some examples.
  8. If you eat healthy food are you likely to be more healthy? Why / why not?
  9. In what ways is what we eat connected to our culture?
  10. Do you think that someone who eats according to the practices of their culture has a stronger cultural identity than someone who does not? Why/why not?

Discussion Plan: Deciding what we eat – LPS

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Discussion Plan: Deciding what we eat

  1. Is there any kind of food that you personally choose not to eat? Why?
  2. If there are foods you like to eat, why do you like them?
  3. If there are foods you don’t like to eat, why don’t you like them?
  4. Can the look of food make it more desirable or less desirable?
  5. Do you eat the same things now as you did when you were a baby?
  6. Do you think that what you eat affects your health?
  7. Do you think that what you eat affects your mood?
  8. Is there anything you can know about a person from looking at what they eat?
  9. Do you think that what you eat or don’t eat can make you a better person?

Discussion Plan: Deciding what we eat -UPS, MS, HS, A

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Discussion Plan: Deciding what we eat

  1. Is there any kind of food that you personally choose not to eat? Why?
  2. What makes certain foods attractive to you – such that you want to eat them?
  3. What makes certain foods unattractive to you – such that you don’t want to eat them?
  4. Do you eat the same range of food now as you did 5 years ago?
  5. Do you eat the same range of food now as you did when you were a baby?
  6. Can people’s diets change, even when they are adults? Can you give an example?
  7. Can you look at what someone eats and draw any conclusion about their values?
  8. Do you think that what you eat or don’t eat can make you a better person?

Discussion Plan: Deciding what we should eat – UPS, MS, HS

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Discussion Plan: Deciding what we should eat

  1. Do you think parents should control what food their two year old child eats?
  2. Do you think your family should control what kinds of food you eat?
  3. Are there food you can eat too much of?
  4. Are there foods you can eat too little of?
  5. Are their kinds of food that it is hard to stop eating once you start?
  6. Are there animals you don’t think we should eat because it is wrong to kill them?
  7. If you raise an animal and look after it – would it be wrong to eat it? (Would this be the same if you lived on a farm?)
  8. In many ways, animals are like people – is that a reason not to kill them?
  9. Think of eating an animal’s eye – yuk! Why does this sound gross?
  10. Are there foods (like sushi, pizza, falafel, gefilta fish) that you associate with certain countries or cultures?
  11. How much do you think that your own culture decides what it is possible for you to eat?

Secondary Sources: Animals and People: Killing Animals and Killing People- UPS

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Secondary Sources: Animals and People – Killing Animals and Killing People

Bereshit Chapter 9:1-7- בְּרֵאשִׁית


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You are permitted to use the animals and employ them for work, rule over them in order to utilize their services for your survival, but you must not hold their life cheap or kill them for food. Your natural diet is vegetarian… Apparently the Torah was in principle opposed to the eating of meat. When Noah and his descendants were permitted to eat meat this was a concession conditional on the law against eating blood. This law implied respect for the principle of life (“for the blood is the life”) and hints that in reality all meat should have been prohibited. This restriction was designed to call to mind the previous total one.
Cassuto: From Adam to Noah, on Genesis 1:27

Umberto Cassuto was also known as Moshe David Cassuto (1883–1951). He was a rabbi and Biblical scholar born in Florence, Italy.

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Since the land had become filled with violence and man had allowed himself to do terrible things, man was no longer required to go without killing animals for food. It was far more important that he should control himself and hold back from killing other human beings, and respect the life of his neighbor.


Nehama Leibowitz on Rav Kook, Professor Nehama Leibowitz was a famous Israeli Bible scholar who developed a particular style of Bible study that was very popular around the world.

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