This week in אלונים (Alonim, “oak trees,” for 5th and 6th grade), we added A LOT more Torah text to our ideas about קדושה (kedushah; holiness). In our first reading of our new text, many of us we interested in the line:
“Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but fear your God: I am Adonai.”
5th and 6th graders asked, Why would anyone do something so cruel? Why did Adonai need to tell the Israelites not to do that? Wouldn’t they already know not to do that?
One 6th grader added: The Israelites shouldn’t not do those things because they fear Adonai. They shouldn’t do it, but fearing Adonai shouldn’t be the reason.
Some 5th graders reasoned: Maybe Adonai is like a parent to the Israelites. Our parents say, if you do something bad, it’s on me. So Adonai is telling the Israelites, if you do something bad, it’s on me.