Now, more than ever, our world seems divided and discourse is often hurtful and irresponsible. Within this climate, our school, and the timeless values we practice, are more essential than ever. In this week’s Torah portion, Vayera, Abraham models for us how to welcome guests and treat weary visitors.
Our fourth grade students closely studied this text and drew relevant lessons for how we treat visitors and newcomers today. Using Abraham as a role model, our students translated his ancient customs into more modern practice. Welcoming visitors into our school is a skill we use all the time as guests often spend time with us. One of our class “jobs’ is the Greeter who is the person responsible for welcoming a visitor to class, inquiring who they are and letting them know what’s taking place.