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Feb 22

Synthesis through Storytelling

This week, Anafimers have put their brains on their final projects for our לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) theme. Through buildings and books, they’re telling stories about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) to show all of the big ideas that they’ve generated over the past weeks of our theme.

The children’s nascent stories display both an intense grappling with the diverse, layered meanings of לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) as well as their unique personalities and creative spirits.

One story chronicles a man’s journey around the world in search of the meaning of לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). In his travels, he meets an array of people that all offer insights into what לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) means to them — from traditional praying to quiet contemplation.

Another takes place on a tranquil farm that unfortunately experiences the loss of a beloved cow. The farmer does תְּפִלָּה (tefillah – prayer) to Adonai. While he hopes that Adonai will do something to make things better, just the act of doing תְּפִלָּה (tefillah – prayer) makes the farmer feel a lot better.

One building shows the site of the tragic death of a famous voyager. Once a year on the anniversary of his death, his friends and family return to pray and remember their loved one.

I can’t wait to see what else emerges from our stories!

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