Submitted by our Teaching and Learning correspondents: Morot Alex, Abigale, Elizabeth, Hadassa, Maya and Molly
The Morot and Madrichot don't bring anything to the learning kehilla without studying it first. Last Sunday the M&M's considered questions about work, rest and holiness together. We played a game of "that made me wonder" where one person asks a question about the text and another person in the chevruta says "that made me wonder.." and adds on to the other persons questions with their own.
Morah Alex asked "if the work of creation is done, is there OTHER work G-d does?" Morah Maya added to this "that made me wonder- did G-d HAVE to finish the work by a certain time- was there a deadline?" Which made Morah Molly wonder "so why 7? Why split it up into 7 days?" Morah Abigale added- and what is the difference between the 6th and 7th- the text says "finished the work of creation" on the 7th- was G-d still working?" Madricha Hadassa wondered why not do it all at once?
Morah Alex wondered about how it must have felt to "complete" creation. "I love completing things" she said. "You can't have rest without work!"
"Technically, G-d CREATED rest on the seventh day."
-Jonah, age 6
The conversation was brought to the opening circle with parents and children. We asked the parents: we are studying the 7th day, rest. What is the difference between work and rest for you?
Jen of Tovah and Aviva said "the pace is different." Stuart of Bayla and Jonah said "One is harder than the other." Laura of Noa and Rose added "one is internal, the other external."
Other salient points from parents were:
- whom you will disappoint when resting or working
- the level of responsibility
- rest doesn't take up mental space
- work CAN be rest at times
What happened when we brought this to the talmidim. Get a load of this!
In the K-2 group with Morot Molly and Maya, Jonah threw in a humdinger:
"Technically G-d created rest on the seventh day." Rose knew the seventh day was called Shabbat, like the number sheva.
When asked what the 7th day LOOKS like, this is what they said:
Freya: resting on the couch, watching the candles burn out
Jonah: watching tv
Flora: taking a nap
Sage: you are not running around- you are relaxing
What does it feel like?
"Calming," "tired" and "eating."
We thought about how the 7th day is holy. What does holy mean?
Freya: I don't know what that means. (she was not alone- lotsa folks struggled with that word on Sunday). Maayan offered "you feel like you belong?" Freya suggested "like something too big for you to do."
How might have G-d felt after creating everything- that a day of rest was necessary? Freya said "tired." Jonah said "like they were gonna faint."
The K-2 completed their Creation/Genesis mural with their version of the 7th day (rest) . See below.