This week’s Torah portion is Behar-Behukotai. Another double portion! The summer is full of them. In this portion, we learn about something really important, the difference between doing a good thing and a bad thing.
What are some examples of good things to do and bad things to do?
Your list of good things might include sharing, being friendly, cleaning up after yourself. Your list of bad things might include not sharing and fighting. So what is the difference between these things?
Good things are things that make our lives and the lives of the people around us better. By sharing, we can make new friends! By being friendly, we can help people feel better on a sad day. By cleaning up our toys, we can make our house a nice place to spend time. The Torah teaches us that when we do good things, we make God and our parents happy! God wants us to make the world better.
What is something good you did today?
What do we do if we do a bad thing? Sometimes we make mistakes and do bad things. No one is perfect, sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes, we can fix it! That Torah tells us that fixing our mistakes is a way to turn a bad thing into a good thing. When we get into a fight, we can say we are sorry. When we make a mess, we can clean it up! When we tell a lie, we can tell the truth instead.
Every day is a good day to do something good.
In Parashat Behar-Behukotai, we learn that sometimes we make mistakes and that we can do good things instead. When we do good things, we make ourselves better, our family better, And our friends better. We can make the whole world better by doing good things and fixing our mistakes.
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