Talmidim consider the words of Hillel: If I am only for myself, what am I?
Today was the reading from the Torah about the burning bush. This lead us to think about leadership and Moses. To answer this, we first listed
everything we knew about Moses (split the sea, led people out of slavery, had a lisp) and described the kind of person we think he was: caring, brave, assertive, old.
We thought about Moshe in context of the text from Avot, above. What does this text say about being a leader? When would Moshe have asked these questions?
Noach thought the quote meant "If I don’t like me, no one will, but if I only like me what am I?" Tyler pondered: "Trump is only for himself, who is he?"
Leadership conversations will continue the Shabbat after next!
VISUAL MIDRASH ASKS: HOW DO WE LEARN TO LEAD OUR GROUP? USE TEXT OF SARAI TO PRACTICE
The students in the Visual Midrash class are older and wiser than ever. How do we know? We added up all the years we have been learning (around 102 years!) and all the years we have been learning and playing games with OTHER people (around 82 years). Students aren't empty vessels, they bring a lot of experience to the table. Including working/learning/playing with someone or people who were challenging to us. Made it hard to play. Made it hard to learn. Part of learning in chevruta, the ancient Jewish practice of study, disagreement and learning in small groups, is knowing how to learn/play with other people who think differently than you.
To start off, our Jewish Leader in Training, Erez, invented and ran a game that had us practicing the words of the Amidah using cups, and objects you can find around the house. It was active, everyone could do it, but not everyone started with the same tools. Erez listened to the feedback from he is group, and will return next week with modifications!
Next, Lilly offered to volunteer to be "Lilly" a student and everyone else watched Phoebe and Lilly in a fishbowl while they studied a little Torah. Every now and then "Lilly" would freeze, and Violet, Soli, Joon and Erez would describe what happened. WHY? Because they are going to lead it next time!
With SEE THINK WONDER "you were having me envision and dig deeper into my brain, unlocked a path I didn't know was there" -Lilly
Lilly and Phoebe studied: "Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had an Egyptian maidservant whose name was Hagar." They used the SEE THINK WONDER protocol from "Making Thinking Visible"Ritchart, et al.
Phoebe asked "Lilly" what she saw in the text, what she thought about what she saw, and finally, what questions she had about what she saw. "Lilly" saw that "Sarai, she has a servant, she wasn’t able to have a child, see a woman, that is married, it looks like they have a slave or a person working for them."
"Lilly" thought that Sarai "tries very hard to make Abram happy."
"Lilly" wondered: "Is she upset at herself? Did she want a maidservant in the house? But what if Abram leaves her?"
Afterwards, the talmidim reflected back what they saw Phoebe do with Lilly so they could learn it for themselves:
"You listened to what she said."
"You made her feel like you heard her."
"You didn't just tell her what YOU thought."
"Lilly" had the last word. Did See Think Wonder help her get closer to the text?
"you were having me envision and dig deeper into my brain, unlocked a path I didn't know was there."
Next up: Sarai becomes Sarah, students lead SEE THINK WONDER