On Sunday, we continued our study of Jewish prophets with a lesson about Jacob. Jacob was the grandson of Abraham, the son of Isaac, the brother of Esau and father of the 12 tribes of Israel. Like his mother and father, Jacob is considered a prophet because of his special relationship to G-d. According to Genesis 28:10−32:3, Jacob had a dream where G-d said, "I am Adonai, the G-d of your father Abraham and the G-d of Isaac. The ground on which you are lying I will give to you and to your offspring. Your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you and your descendants. Remember, I am with you: I will protect you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you." Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely Adonai is present in this place, and I did not know it!" (Genesis 28:10-16). This dream would eventually turn into reality as the 12 tribes would evolve in the Land of Israel.
In addition to reading about Jacob and his family, each child made a visual tree of Jacobs family starting with his grandfather Abraham and ending with his 12 sons and one daughter. Please ask your child to explain their tree to you and ask them one or all of the following questions:
1. Who was the first Jew? Abraham
2. Who was the first person to be born Jewish? Isaac
3. Who are the 12 tribes of Israel and why are they so important to the Jewish people?
Wishing you all a productive and meaningful week ahead,