Biblical welcome in Abraham’s tent

“On the off chance that you have a jumper, take it off, as we are going into the desert,” directed Rabbi Yaacov Finn, program chief of the London School of Jewish Studies, “It will be hot.”

As the Year-three young men and young ladies from Etz Chaim School in Mill Hill wore Arabic dress, he cautioned, “You would prefer not to get sunstroke, so you need to put something on your head.”

The energetic party was not going to step into the Judean heat. abrahamstent The desert had come to Hendon, to the LSJS grounds where they were going to appreciate a morning of “vivid training”.

Abraham’s tent remained in a sand-thronw floor inside LSJS’s new studio room. A projector bursted a log-fire on the divider. Every one of that was missing was a camel.

Here they re-instituted one of the narratives they had been learning in Chumash classes during the year: how Abraham and Sarah invited the three outsiders into their home.

The kids heated matzot on an open fire, agitated their own spread and arranged the tent for the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, inviting visitors. They rehearsed their Hebrew, utilizing words, for example, kemach, flour, or chemah, margarine.

Rabbi Finn said that “schools have Roman or Victorian days where the kids go to a gallery and have the advantage of a program of vivid learning. We needed to accomplish something comparative for Jewish examinations.”

The LSJS program has been steered this late spring for 180 kids from five Jewish schools. “The kids are cherishing it,” said Liza Feiner, Etz Chaim’s head of Jewish examinations, “There’s a great deal of meticulousness, it’s truly legitimate. They have been finding out about Abraham all year. This is an incredible chance to rejuvenate everything and it strengthens their Hebrew jargon.”

For his open air broiler, Rabbi Finn had secured a fiberglass firepit from the web and put an improved wok on top. A safety officer with an umbrella shielded the preparing flatbreads from some un-Middle-Eastern downpour.

“It is a smart thought,” said eight-year-old Etz Chaim student Eitan Ansher. “It’s very astounding, aside from when we must be in hard work,” (specifically, cleaning the tent).

An instructor from one school disclosed to Rabbi Finn that the youngsters had been engaged to such an extent that in two hours none had requested to take a latrine break.

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