Leading Idea: Determining Boundaries
The selection of text in this Parashah all have to do with ‘setting boundaries’. Boundaries of what is clean/unclean; what we are responsible for and what we are not; what is part of nature/outside nature; (culturally acceptable) ways to behave / ways not to behave. This discussion plan explores this broader theme of boundaries.
Discussion Plan: Determining Boundaries
- Does your home have a physical boundary marking where it begins or ends? If so, what is it?
- In what ways does your skin mark the boundary to who ‘you’ are?
- Does a boundary have to be physical or can it be psychological?
- Are rules a kind of boundary? If so, what are they they the boundary between?
- Can ideas have boundaries?
- Is Kabbalat Shabbat a boundary? If so, what is it the boundary between?
- Can families have boundaries?
- If so, can you name a few?
- Do families have different kinds of boundaries?
- If so, can you make a list of the different kinds?
- Which of these boundaries are for the sake of other people? Which are for the sake of the shared environment?
- What is the point of boundaries? What functions do they play? (bring sense of order, limit)
- Would life be better without boundaries?
- When you enter a different country and show your passport, is this the same as crossing a boundary?
- Does the imagination have boundaries?
- Who is responsible for establishing boundaries?
- Who is responsible for making us responsible for keeping them?