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May 21

Acquiring Torah from nosei v’ol im chaveiro

This week children in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades)  took the example of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden) from the text of Megillat Rut, and thought about what it means to get Torah from doing  נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden).

Many children explored the burden that Rut carried with Naomi by staying with her. Children who chose this example took some time to think about what it might have looked like or felt like in that moment.

First, children chose a couple of words to describe the setting. For example: “old village” and “sidewalks”.

Then, children said what was learned during the instance of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden) they chose to explore.

“It’s important because they’ll be stuck together for the rest of their life”

Then each child created a sentence starting with: “The kind of Torah a person can get from נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִנוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden) is”

This child finish that sentence saying “… to learn more about your friend because you’ll be with each other the rest of your life.”
Each child has created a sentence to reflect what they believe is the kind of Torah one can get from נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרו (nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden).

Over the next few sessions as we wrap of this theme, children will continue to grow their sentences as they read each others’ and find words they connect with.

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