What’s this week’s Tuesday TorahTutors tidbit about?
We’re glad you asked – because we love questions!
And this week, our real Torah, from a real TorahTutors session, is all about the questions.
A new TorahTutors student was beginning to study the book of Bamidbar and his tutor challenged him to ask three questions on the first piece of text they had read together. He asked:
- Why is it so important to separate the people into tribes?
- Why were the sons of Yaakov chosen as the tribes, rather than the sons of Esav, or even back a generation – why not the sons of Yitzchak?
- How was Moshe able to climb Mount Sinai with all the fire, etc., and how did Bnei Yisrael see him up there?
Having students raise questions is an excellent way to help them engage with the text and to open discussion and deeper learning. A student’s questions can sometimes help a tutor identify gaps in the student’s previous learning, and they can open the teacher’s eyes to new issues to explore.
Because if there’s anything more fun than digging into a text to ask questions about it, it’s exploring answers.
How would you answer this student’s questions?
What are some of your questions on the text?
We’d love to hear from you – and we’d love to learn with you.