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Oct 28

We Have so Many Ideas About the Argument!

This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been doing a lot of thinking and building about Genesis chapter 13:7 (in our אַבְרָהָם וְלוֹט ‎(Avraham V’Lot) theme), when an argument takes place between Avram’s and Lot’s herders.

Some children thought that the argument was related to inequity between the different characters. They thought that in addition to the herders, Avram and Lot were active participants in the argument. Some children thought the argument was caused by spacial or environmental factors. Some children’s ideas contained a combination of the two. Some children have started to identify feelings associated with arguments.

Avram and Lot’s tents are connected with a tunnel. They used it until the argument. Avram and Lot were friendly until the land could not support them to live together, they got mad at each other. Avram wanted to go to get some more money. And Lot thought it was not going to be fair, so he was mad.” -Age 6
“We showed the money and food and two suns. They are arguing about the money and food. Avram said but I had the money first. Lot said but I need food and money. They weren’t really friends, they were family members, they had an argument, but they could be nice after. I put two suns because I think they were too hot. I need food so I can survive and not die. They were kind of dying the animals were eating too much. So they were fighting.” -Age 4
“…Lot and Avram and their herders were there, they were standing close together. Their words and voices were angry. Lot has an angry look on his face. Avram is also feeling angry, but still looks calm. That one (Avram) is nicer than the other (Lot).

Avram’s tent is big, the gold and silver are inside to be safe so no one would steal it. Avram is worried that Lot might steal the gold and silver after the argument. Lot wants gold and silver, because he wants it to be fair. He wants the gold and silver for him and Avram. But they are not doing that, he (Lot) only has tents and animals and Avram had gold and silver, tents and animals.” -Age 6

It is so exciting to learn about the children’s ideas and interpretations of the text!

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