Dear Vav Parents,
In our classes we’ve recently been review the narrative of Megillat Esther (The Scroll of Esther). We’ve “connected the dots” on the timeline of the history of the struggles between the Amalekites and the Israelites. This is particularly relevant as it relates to the Purim narrative. Haman the Agagite is a direct descendant of the Amalekite King Agag. In our previous studies, we learned how the first Israelite King, Saul of the tribe of Benjamin, failed to completely finish-off the Amalekites as he was commanded by God. Saul’s actions precipitated the stripping of the Israelite Monarchy from his family and led (500 years later in Persia) to Mordecai and Esther, also from the tribe of Benjamin, having to deal with King Agag’s descendant, Haman.
So the Purim narrative conveniently links our lessons on the beginning of the Israelite monarchy to this joyous holiday!
When we return from Spring Break, our attention will turn to Passover.
The Vav students will begin a study, analyzing many versions of The 4 Sons (Children) of the Seder and the relevance of the Torah Commandment to “tell our children the narrative of Yetziat Mitzrayim, the Exodus from Egypt. Each student will develop a personally relevant, visual-midrash illustrating how he/she views the 4 Children.
Rabbi Danny Ettedgui