A Biblical Story of Friendship

Children have been exploring the friendship of David (Dah-veed) and Yonatan. Yonatan is King Shaul’s son, and best friends with David. When King Shaul wants to kill David, Yonatan saves David’s life. Much, much later in the story (in a part we’re not reading), David becomes king.

The story is from the book of First Samuel, which is in the Prophets section of the Torah. Sometimes Jews say “Torah,” referring to only the first five books (i.e., Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), and sometimes Jews say “Torah,” referring to the Tanakh. Tanakh is an acronym for Torah (the first five books), Nevi’im (Prophets), Ketuvim (Writings).


Shteelim and Shorashim have been working with a shortened version of the story. Use the visual prompts below for children to tell you the story. Then please let us know: what stands out to your child about the story?

Nitzanim has been working with a lengthy version of David and Yonatan’s story which follows closely to the Torah’s text. Here’s a link to the Nitzanim version: I Samuel 16 – 21 for children. How does your Nitzanimer understand the characters in the story?

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  1. […] children were restless. Whatever I had in my mind about what we would do next with the story of David and Yonatan was clearly NOT what the children were interested in […]

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