Righteous or Wicked, What does it all Mean?

Alonim and Middle Schoolers wrestled with our text, Genesis 18. While last week we worked on our ideas of the cry, this week we took it slow, focusing on exploring the text wholly. They spent the week working on creative ways to interpret their questions. However, we reached a road block. Their exploration was stifled, and we pivoted the approach to reignite a connection to the text, each other, and their super big questions.

One Middle Schooler made this drawing and wrote, “This is where Avraham is asking Adonai to promise to NOT kill everybody, but as circled there is a period OR a question mark because is Abraham ASKING God to promise or is he TELLING him”.

“These are the three men they are exactly the same they are supposed to be average people from that time”.

These drawings and questions came from our time reading the text during a storytime setting. We physically set up our kevutzah (room) for listening to a story. The children used their handmade notebooks to record their thoughts, questions, and doodles during the time Genesis 18 was being read.

Some pesukim (verses) they focused on, Genesis 18 (17:25) “Adonai said, “Should I keep what I’m going to do hidden from Avraham? “After all, Avraham will become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him. “I have known him, so that he can instruct his children and his house after him to guard the ways of Adonai, to do justice and righteousness, so that Adonai may bring to Avraham everything that he promised him.” The three men turned from there and walked to Sedom, but Avraham was still standing before Adonai. And Avraham drew closer, and said, “Will you sweep away the righteous, too, along with the wicked?” “What if there are chamishim righteous ones inside of the city. Would you still sweep it away? Wouldn’t you forgive that place, because of the chamishim righteous people that are in its midst? “It would not be like you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous ones are just like the wicked. No, how could it be, you, the judge of the whole world, not doing justice?”.

Their big questions were informed by their own discovery included “Who are the three men that visit Avraham?” and “Does righteous mean good, and wicked mean bad?”.

While some pursued refining their drawings, others explored a time based medium such as video to express their ideas about Genesis 18.

Alonim and Middle School showed such kavod (respect) for a conversation full of exciting and eager questions towards understanding our text. Kol haKavod Alonim v’Middle School!


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