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May 02

A new theme comes with new explorations!

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades), we started exploring our NEW theme, נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ (Nosei v’ol im chaveiro–Help a friend carry a burden).  

Children started by thinking of examples of what it might mean to carry a burden with a friend.

  • Carrying papers for someone
  • Lifting up a heavy thing

Then came the metaphorical examples:

  • Helping someone to relieve stress
  • Keeping secrets

During the first exploration children built examples about what it might mean to “help a friend carry their burden.”  

“This scene represents how a friend can lift up your troubles, in this case that is represented literally.”
“At first the person is sad so their spirits are low, but then someone makes them happy and their spirits are raised, so the building goes up.”

Yesterday, children pulled out examples of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ (Nosei v’ol im chaveiro–Help a friend carry a burden) from Megillat Rut (the story of Ruth).

“Ruth is putting Naomi in front of her own self by staying.”

Next week we will look at the Mishnah to continue our exploration of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ (Nosei v’ol im chaveiro–Help a friend carry a burden).  I can’t wait to see what amazing ideas Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades), come up with next!

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