Biblical welcome in Abraham’s tent

In the event that you have a jumper, take it off, as we are going into the desert,” directed Rabbi Yaacov Finn, program supervisor 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. The desert had come to Hendon, abrahamstent 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-established 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 youngsters heated matzot on an open fire, beaten their own margarine and arranged the tent for the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, inviting visitors. They rehearsed their Hebrew, utilizing words, for example, kemach, flour, or chemah, spread.

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

The LSJS program has been directed this mid year for 180 youngsters from five Jewish schools. “The kids are cherishing it,” said Liza Feiner, Etz Chaim’s head of Jewish examinations, “There’s a ton of tender loving care, it’s truly bona fide. 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 outside stove, 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 heating flatbreads from some un-Middle-Eastern downpour.

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

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

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