L’hitpalel: A Case Study

This week the Anafim anthropology team began looking into 1 Samuel 1-2:10 to see how it might help them understand לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel).

Some anafimers chose to build to show their ideas about Channah’s תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer).

Some children worked in pairs to build a scene showing where Channah made her תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer). Together they thought about what it might look like for Channah to make a תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer) and why she might have chosen to make one at all.

One group had this to say: She’s doing tefillah to tell Adonai that she wants a baby. She wants a child and God can giver her everything she wants. She feels good during the tefillah because she knows that God is listening and will make a change. [Before she made the תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer)] she felt worried, something might go wrong, but also hopeful. [After she made the תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer) she felt] worried because God might say no and nothing will change.

Other anafimers chose to show their ideas about Channah’s תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer) using watercolor crayons.

Look! Here are two different ideas about how Channah felt on the inside while making her תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer).

I can’t wait to see what else the Anafim anthropology team discovers about לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel)!

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