This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we started to hear and talk about the character, Eliyahu HaNavi. We heard and introduction to the text, which comes from I Kings, chapter 19:
Eliyahu Hanavi was a leader. He was trying to make peace between people. (Eliyahu HaNavi was trying to make the world better.) But Eliyahu HaNavi’s ideas were different from the king’s ideas. The king was the wicked Melekh Akhav. The king did bad things to people who had different ideas. Eliyahu HaNavi got very tired of fighting with words. He was so afraid he would get hurt, or the people that he led would get hurt. Eliyahu HaNavi said he wanted to give up, and he couldn’t try to help the people anymore.
He goes and lies under the bush and falls asleep.
Some children choose to show their interpretations of Eliyahu HaNavi’s feelings:
The children had so many ideas about Eliyahu HaNavi going to lie under a bush and going to sleep:
[Eliyahu HaNavi was] going and hiding from the wicked King [Achav] under the bush, he didn’t want to get hurt. Maybe he would change his mind and go back.
It’s not okay to hide, he should have talked about the problem.
Maybe the wicked King made him hide, he might be scared of the wicked King.
He [Eliyahu HaNavi] hid from the King, it’s bad. It’s not nice for him to give up and let the king hurt his people.
I look forward to reading more of the text with the children next week and learning more about Eliyahu HaNavi together!