This week, in Parsha Vayechi we begin with Ya’akov in his 147th year of life and his knowing that he is nearing his last days. Ya’akov asks Yosef to make an oath to him, that he will see to it that he is buried in the cave of Machpelah, with his ancestors and not in Egypt. We see Ya’akov giving his final blessings to his sons (and grandsons) as well as the end of Ya’akov’s life. This is where we get the blessing of the children on erev Shabbat by the fathers. Read carefully, each blessing; the prophetic meaning of the blessing for each son/tribe is amazing! As we finish the book of Genesis/ B’resheet, we also see the end of Yosef’s life.
At the end of the reading of each book of the Torah, we say in a joyous, strong chorus “Hazak, hazak, v’nit’chazek!” Which translates to: Be strong, be strong and let us be strengthened!
Grab your Bible…gather the children…let’s enjoy this time! Vayechi lends itself to numerous teachable moments and themes, such as blessings and oaths, for fun projects! This is also fun a one for the the end of sefer Torah Bre’sheet or the end of any sefer Torah! If your children are into math, puzzles and numbers THIS is something they will love. (Shh, I love puzzles and find gematria fascinating too 🙂
Family relationships are a huge thread in the tapestry that is Torah! I love the blessings narrative of the parsha Vayechi, and how the patriarch Ya’akov blessed his sons…and how Abba’s still bless their children on erev Shabbat, today! The prophetic nature of the blessings amazes me every time I read them; and blesses me, knowing, YHVH is always in control and watching over us, as His children! Here are the traditional blessings (I love that my husband often envokes Moshe, Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya’akov for our son, Ruth and Esther for our daughters and our Messiah Yeshua–for all!) and here is a little thought provoking piece on the blessings, for us Mama’s too!
Here is a perfect “parsha cake” dessert for this Shabbat! These are just some ideas to go along with our ‘Teaching from Torah’ lessons and copywork.
There are some neat parsha related coloring pages HERE for those who love to color (we love these pencils!) while listening to reading or to keep very little ones hands busy, and HERE . You can find our Teaching from Torah Vayechi Print Copywork HERE, Cursive Copywork HERE, as well as the Teacher/Parent Lesson HERE and Childrens Lessson HERE; as well as extra blank lined pages for daily copywork.
My hope is to edit these pages each year with updated / more links, projects, etc. and that your time spent as a family learning Torah is richly blessed by YHVH.
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