Building Connections in Anafim v’Alonim Between L’hitpalel and Channah’s Tefillah

For the past few weeks in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) we’ve been exploring our current theme,   לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) through a text about Channah and her תְּפִלָּה‬, tefillah (prayer).  The text can be found in the first book of Samuel.  This week children explored the feelings and ideas they thought Channah had in her תְּפִלָּה‬ (tefillah) to Adonai. This is the text Anafim v’Alonim explored this week:

1 Samuel 2:1-8

2:1. And Channah made a tefillah. She said:

“My heart celebrates in Adonai…

I rejoice in your salvation!

2. There is nothing as holy as Adonai!

There none besides you.

There is no rock like our God!

3. Don’t talk so much, you oh-so-high and mighty ones;

Don’t let arrogance come from your mouth,

For Adonai is a God of knowledge,

And [Adonai] weighs all actions…

5… The woman without children has given birth to 7, and the woman with many children is left alone.

6. Adonai makes death and makes life; Brings down to the underworld and raises up…

8. Adonai lifts up the poor from the dust, And the needy person from the ashes,

To make them sit with princes, and inherit thrones of kavod!

Below are some of these rich ideas children developed through their painting and building…

Many children expressed joy and happiness because Channah’s womb was opened by Adonai and she was grateful.  Some noted that Adonai must hold a lot of power not only to open and close a womb but to determine life and death.  New questions and ideas are surfacing  לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) after exploring Channah’s תְּפִלָּה‬, tefillah (prayer).

  • “Is there a connection with Adonai and תְּפִלָּה‬ (tefillah)?”
  • “Can  לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) happen without תְּפִלָּה‬ (tefillah)?”
  • “Can תְּפִלָּה‬ (tefillah) happen without Adonai?”

Such rich questions, there is so much more to come as we continue into our deep exploration of  לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel).

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