Deception, sexuality, and a surprising move for power by a woman who seems to have none at all: Tamar’s tale is as dramatic and gripping as the best television. Her story raises important questions about our obligations to each other, how to use our sexuality, and what it means to be truly seen. It is one of those powerful Torah stories that reflects the complexities of human experience, mirroring the radiant, compromised reality of our lives.
Note for teachers of younger students: this lesson is rated PG-13. The Biblical story centers around a sexual encounter. Also, two of the images depict Tamar half-clothed. Leave these images out if they are inappropriate for your classroom.