Line-By-Line Torah Study With K – 1st Graders

Using hand-drawn pictures of each verse, we re-read the story of Avraham and Sarah’s חסד (chessed – acts of kindness). In each verse, we looked for ways that Avraham and Sarah showed חסד (chessed).

Genesis 18:1-8

Children’s Ideas About Avraham & Sarah’s חסד (Chessed)

1) Adonai appeared to him near the trees of Mamre. He was sitting at the entrance to his tent, in the heat of the day. “Staying in front of his tent in the heat of day is like tzedakah – he’s looking for people who need stuff.”
2) He lifted his eyes, and he saw, and there were three men were standing before him! He saw, and he ran from the entrance of his tent to greet them. He bowed low to the ground. “Bowing down says you are important to me and you are special to me and I’m going to show you that [by bowing].”
3) He said, “My master, if I have found favor in your eyes, please do not pass by your servant. “Avraham says, ‘Please don’t pass by without some food.’”
4) “Let a little water be fetched, and wash your feet, and recline under the tree. “He is making them comfortable.”
5) “And let me get you a bit to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant.” They said, “Do as you have said.” “Avraham tells them he’ll get a little food but he gets a big feast.”
6) Abraham hurried to the tent, to Sarah. He said, “Hurry! Get three measures of fine flour, knead it, and make cakes.” “It was nice of him to ask Sarah to make some food. She could do חסד, too.”
7) Then Abraham ran to the cattle. He took a calf, tender and good, and he gave it to the boy. He hurried to prepare it. “He killed his own calf just to give it to his guest.”

“He gives them a nice animal [not a scrawny one].”

8) And he took butter and milk, and the calf that he had prepared, and he gave it to them, and he stood by them under the tree, and they ate. “He surprises them.”


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