Teaching children of all ages music, Hebrew, Judaic Studies, Torah, and more allows me to listen to what they have to say.
I was studying the holiday of Passover with one of my 10 year old private students. While learning about the symbols of the Seder Plate she shared with me her thoughts about God. She told me that she believes that God is made of different components (but not using that word.): man, woman, plant, animal and rock. I asked her how or why she came up with this. She told me she believes God is made up of the things God created. I asked her especially about “rock.” She told me that a rock is strong and needs strength for all of us.
Upon speaking to my student about the Zaroa (lambshank bone) on the seder plate, she though it could be sumbolic of Moses hand leading us out of Egypt.
This young lady doesn’t just think during out times together, she thinks all the time!
I love the questions that make me look the answers up (if there are any answers). One of my students at Relgious Schhol asked me why we use our pinky fingers to spill out the wine for the 10 plagues during the Passover Seder. I told him that I believe using the pinky finger became a minhag (custom) over the years. I was not fully wrong. According to a couple of people I inquired, it was really the pointer finger we are suppose to use since the pointer finger is symbolic of the “finger of God.”
I truly enjoy getting feedback from my students while learning. It keeps me on my toes, and I learn from them.
I would enjoy any comments about what I wrote regarding what my students told me. I want to hear from you!