The 2nd/3rd graders are learning this spring about the Priestly Blessing from the Book of Numbers in the Torah. Their learning will begin with a guided meditation where learners will close their eyes and imagine receiving this blessing from their parents at the end of Shoresh every week. This blessing’s link to our ancestors and to God is powerful in and of itself, and it is even more powerful when framed as part of our Shabbat rituals to bless our children.
Hebrew is a gendered language, and the Shabbat children’s blessing is a very gendered blessing. We have work to do to show our gender inclusion in our actions, not just our words. This spring and summer KAM Isaiah Israel will create a gender-neutral Shabbat children’s blessing to implement by the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.