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Jan 30

What are They Doing?

After a week of exploring what people might wear on their bodies לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel), like a טַלִּית (tallit) or תְּפִלִּין (tefillin), the Anafim anthropology team has shifted toward investigating what people are actually doing when they choose לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel).

We continued our close looking at pictures and videos of lots of different types of לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). Then, children picked one type to show through building, drawing, or book creating.

Some children built scenes in nature. They thought that someone might choose לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel) in nature because it would make them feel calm and peaceful.

Others built a temple where someone might go to pray.

And one second-grader penned this hypothesis in their book about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel):

“I think l’hitpalel is peace and time to think and to know what you’re doing. I think that l’hitpalel is getting time to know your thoughts and your opinion about your situation. I think l’hitpalel is knowing that you’re safe and you don’t have to worry about anything. I think l’hitpalel is being calm and quiet and peaceful.”

I can’t wait to see where the next step of our investigation takes us!


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