• June 19, 2024
  • 13 5784, Sivan
  • פרשת בהעלתך

Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit

Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit

Sefer Bereshit begins the story of the descendants of Abraham starting their journey towards becoming a nation, a remarkable outcome after only a few generations. Join Sepha Kirshblum as she explores key moments along the way and how those events shaped everything to come.

October 15, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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Tonight we begin an 8 week journey learning and gaining a better appreciation for our Avot and Imahot; each one bringing their unique qualities to the development of Gds Chosen nation. In our first shiur we will be getting to know Yitzchak and Rivka, where they are each coming from and how they will bring that to start their relationship together!

October 22, 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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After being introduced to the “first meet” of Yitzchak and Rivka there is so much for us to start appreciating about their relationship. What is she always trying to “hide” from him? What are his most significant needs that she will help him fill? And most significantly, for tonight’s lesson, how will their personal histories impact their relationship and their children? Looking forward to trying to answer those questions together tonight!

October 29, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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In last weeks shiur Rivka understood that there was something strange and unique about her pregnancy and went to seek a better understanding from Hashem of what was happening. Tonight we will get to hear and see how different these two boys are, and will be in their development as people and as leaders. What character traits were inborn, how their environment nurtured them, and what choices they made that determined both their future, and ours!

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November 5, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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In last week’s shiur we were able to appreciate how the text describes Yaakov and Esav’s personalities in such opposite ways, and how those personalities shined through the first first interaction between the two that was shared in the text. Tonight we will get to learn together the next major example of their personalities in Yitzchak’s “giving of the bracha” and tyer to answer if Yaakov “stole” it, and what exactly each got in their respective brachot.

November 14, 2023 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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In last week’s shiur we watched Yitzchak question Yaakov every step of the way before giving him a bracha. In tonight’s class we will get to see Yitzchaks response to both his sons when he is 100% confident who he is talking to, Who will he choose to bless? And what will the everlasting bracha be? After Esav watches it all unfold he wants Yaakov dead which leads to a domino of Yaakov running from his parents home. But why is that Rivka’s “big idea?” And if it’s to protect Yaakov from Esav why would the destination not be a secret?
November 19, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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In last week’s shiur we left off with Yaakov “running for his life” from esav but “running to” finding a wife in Lavans house. Tonight we will watch the marriages and relationships develop and all the challenges and pain that will unravel. Each dynamic will impact the next but will ultimately be the perfect ingredients to create the Jewish nation.
November 26, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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After getting to learn how Yaakov ended up in Charan and meeting Rachel and Leah, tonight we will get to better understand these two incredible Imahot. They each have their struggles and pain but together become the mothers of Am Yisrael. As we learn how they each dealt with their challenges we will possibly also learn how to get through ours, Beezrat Hashem.

December 3, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: The Development of A Nation
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As the saying goes “Apples don’t fall far from their trees” we will also see tonight that the conflicts they share dont fall far either. Tonight we will start getting to know Yaakov’s sons and the challenges that they underwent to be able to find their common ground as well. Yosef will be a tough brother to love, but that won’t excuse the length through which the brothers will go to be rid of him. Looking forward to seeing “both sides” and trying to navigate true sibling rivalry.

December 17, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: Start Up Nation – Sefer Bereishit
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In our last shiur we started getting to know the “young Yosef” and how his brothers felt towards him. Once their emotions switched from hatred to jealousy they wanted to ensure he would not impact the future of the Jewish people and “got rid of him.” Tonight we will watch Yosef develop from a self absorbed teenager to what chazal refers to as “Yosef Hatzadik” and have a better appreciation on how he developed in such an incredible way.

December 24, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Start Up Nation - Sefer Bereishit: Start Up Nation – Sefer Bereishit
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Tonight is the final shiur in our series on Sefer Bereishit. We have watched the challenging family dynamic in every generation. Who is the “chosen child?” Does the “birthright” play a role in who God chooses? How do the parents’ actions influence who their child becomes? After everything they have learned from their past, who will rise to greatness amongst Yaakov’s 12 sons? What will make them great and what will Yaakov grant them as a reward for what they have displayed? But the greatest question of all, have we learned from them-how to not only actualize our potential, but to grow together as a people through our challenges?

Mrs. Sepha Kirshblum teaches Tanach and Jewish Thought at Midreshet Moriah. Sepha, as our students call her, has a genuine love for both her students and Torah, especially Tanach. She tries to create a balance of creativity, fun, humor and kavod Ha-Torah in the classroom to help her students love learning as much as she does. Before making aliyah, Sepha taught Tanach at the Ramaz Upper School, where she was also Senior Grade Advisor, Israel Advisor, and involved in extracurricular programming. Sepha received her BA from Stern College with a Major in Judaic Studies and a Minor in Psychology. She received a dual Masters in both special and regular Education from Hunter College. Sepha lives in Efrat with her family.