Intergenerational Chavruta: Starting a New Thanksgiving Tradition (Family Edition)
Family celebrations and holidays are opportunities for the generations to spend time together, tell stories, and pass on wisdom.
This year, when families might not be able to get together as they have in the past, Sefaria offers a new feature which makes connecting and learning together easier.
Chavruta combines face-to-face video conferencing with Sefaria's extensive library for an exciting learning experience. Click here for instructions for using Chavruta.
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition of grandchild/grandparent, parent/child, or any other combination of intergenerational learning.
Tips for chavruta learning:
  • Read
  • Think
  • Share
Below are examples of texts that you might like to study this year. Each text is followed by suggested discussions questions.

תניא היה רבי מאיר אומר חייב אדם לברך מאה ברכות בכל יום שנאמר (דברים י, יב) ועתה ישראל מה ה' אלהיך שואל מעמך
It is taught in a baraita that Rabbi Meir would say: A person is obligated to recite one hundred blessings every day, as it is stated in the verse: “And now, Israel, what [ma] does the Lord your God require of you” (Deuteronomy 10:12). Rabbi Meir interprets the verse as though it said one hundred [me’a], rather than ma.
This passage from the Talmud expresses the importance of gratitude.

(טז) הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְּלָאכָה לִגְמֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִין לִבָּטֵל מִמֶּנָּה.
(16) He [Rabbi Tarfon] used to say: It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it;
This well-known saying from Pirkei Avot reminds us that some challenges are so large that we can't necessarily complete them, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't stop working on a solution.
  • What do you see as the big challenges for the future?
  • What can you do to work toward the solution?
  • What were the big challenges when you (older generation) were my (younger generation) age?

וַיֵּצֵ֥א יַעֲקֹ֖ב מִבְּאֵ֣ר שָׁ֑בַע וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ חָרָֽנָה׃
Jacob left Beer-sheba, and set out for Haran.
Studying the weekly Torah portion is a wonderful way to begin the practice of learning together. The Torah portion for the Shabbat of Thanksgiving weekend 2020 is Vayetze. The Torah portion begins with Jacob leaving his family and traveling to Haran. In Haran, Jacob meets his future wife, Rachel, at the well.
  • What journeys have you gone on?
  • In this week's Torah portion, Jacob meets his wife, Rachel. How did you meet your spouse?
  • What do you think are the most important traits for a spouse?
  • What other stories of couples meeting do you remember from the Torah?