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Feb 05

One text, many interpretations

Isn’t it amazing how just two פסוקים (pesukim–verse) of Torah text can inspire so many different interpretations? Today, Nitzanim encountered the following two verses from Deuteronomy 5:

 

יג  שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תַּעֲבֹד, וְעָשִׂיתָ כָּל-מְלַאכְתֶּךָ. 13 Work for six days and do all your work;
יד  וְיוֹם, הַשְּׁבִיעִי–שַׁבָּת…לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה כָל-מְלָאכָה אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ-וּבִתֶּךָ וְעַבְדְּךָ-וַאֲמָתֶךָ וְשׁוֹרְךָ וַחֲמֹרְךָ וְכָל-בְּהֶמְתֶּךָ, וְגֵרְךָ אֲשֶׁר בִּשְׁעָרֶיךָ–לְמַעַן יָנוּחַ עַבְדְּךָ וַאֲמָתְךָ, כָּמוֹךָ. 14 but the seventh day is a Shabbat… Do not do any work–you, your son or your daughter, your servant or your maidservant, or your ox or donkey, or all of your cattle, or the immigrant who is in your city–so that your servant and maidservant may rest, like you.
  1. Comic Interpretation

Do you see that each day is the same for the little character working the field? Do you notice the bed on the second page for Shabbat?

 

2. Jewelry Store

These children explained that in their jewelry store the security guard actually can’t have a Shabbat because someone might break into the store and steal the jewelry. Do you notice the long line of customers? How could the store possibly serve all of its customers if it has to close on Shabbat?

3. Teacher

Or, this drawing of a teacher, who works everyday and “On Sunday she gets ready for the next week, but on Shabbat she rests and takes it easy.” This child explained that the teacher’s servants worked really hard in the first part of the week to make enough food and make a big enough fire so that the teacher can have a Shabbat on the seventh day of the week.

Keep those creative juices flowing, Nitzanim! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

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