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Study guide Nach and Ketuvim
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The Book of Joshua
Perek Yomi
The Book of Joshua
Study Questions
A Project of MACC, the Metro Atlanta Conservative Council

Questions prepared by Steven Chervin, Jennifer Stark-Blumenthal,
and Jill Jarecki
Edited by Steven Chervin

MACC (Metro Atlanta Conservative Council)
MACC is an association of the Conservative institutions in Atlanta,
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The Book of Joshua

including The Epstein School, Ramah Darom, Ahavath Achim Synagogue,
Congregation Etz Chaim, Congregation Beth Shalom, North Fulton Jewish
Center, and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. A central
element in the mission of MACC is to promote Jewish education in the
greater Atlanta community.MACC is co-chaired by Cheryl Finkel, Head of
The Epstein School, and Sue Rothstein of Congregation Etz Chaim.

Perek Yomi Coordinating Council (PYCC)

The Perek Yomi Coordinating Council is co-chaired by Steven Chervin
(Epstein School and AA) and Janet Schatten (Epstein School and AA). Its
members include Toby Goldman and Debra Wolff (AA Synagogue), Rabbi
Shalom Plotkin, Steve Birch and Sue Rothstein (Etz Chaim), Eileen Cohn
and Jennifer Stark-Blumenthal (Beth Shalom), Jill Jarecki (Ramah Darom),
and Steve Horn (North Fulton Jewish Center).

The Book of Joshua

The Book of Joshua opens the second part of the Tanakh known asNevi\u2019im or
Prophets. It continues the story found in the Torah, with G-d designating Joshua
to succeed Moses as leader of the Israelites. We read here about the conquest of
the Land of Israel, the division of the Land for each of the tribes, and Joshua\u2019s
farewell address to the Israelites.

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The major theme of the book is the holiness orkedusha of the Land of Israel: the
Israelites can only merit this holy Land if they observe G-d\u2019s commandments.
Their military fortunes wax and wane according to whether or not they are faithful
to G-d.

The book also raises a fundamental moral dilemma: how can we justify the
Israelites\u2019 invasion of the Land and their destruction of the peoples living there?
Chapter One: Joshua receives his command from G-d
G-d emphasizes to Joshua that he must observe the Torah of Moses faithfully
because "only then will you be successful."
1.What do you think "observing the Torah faithfully" means?
2.Why is "observing the Torah faithfully" a prerequisite to Joshua\u2019s and the
Israelites\u2019 success?
3.How might "observing the Torah faithfully" affect our own success today,
both as individuals and as a people?
4.What do we mean by "success"?

Steven Chervin teaches Tanakh at the New Atlanta Jewish Community High School and is a
member of Ahavath Achim Congregation. Jennifer Stark-Blumenthal is a former Tanakh
teacher at The Epstein School, and is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom. Jill Jarecki is
Associate Director of Ramah Darom and a member of Ahavath Achim Congregation.

Chapter Two: The mission of the spies to Jericho
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