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May 14

Update from Anafim v’Alonim!

The last couple of weeks have been so generative and awesome!  Last week Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) looked back at what the early Rabbis said about נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden). We remembered that נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden) is actually part of a list of 48 things! Not just any 48 things: the early Rabbis said that these are 48 different ways to “acquire Torah.” נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden) is just one of those ways.

What does acquiring Torah even mean? Some children immediately answered, “well obviously it’s just reading the Torah, it’s all written there what you should do.”

We offered a couple more of the ways the ancient rabbis said people can acquire Torah, like caring for friends and questioning and responding.

Sustenance is key for opening our exploration of the Mishnah.


This hand represents the part of the text where it says “the hand of Adonai has turned against me.”
“I made this to represent Ruth and Naomi protecting each other.”

So, what next? We’ve come up with some great examples and ready to take it a step further. It’s time to go back through many of the texts we’ve explored this year, specifically looking for instances of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden). What it is that the character in that text learns through נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden)? What is it that the character has acquired?

Stay tuned for the awesome new ideas coming your way!

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