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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Hanukkah

Hanukkah began last night at sundown. Although we are a Gentile and Christian family, we are always interested in the Jewish holidays. Just a few weeks ago Lane and I read By the Hanukkah Light for our Tapestry of Grace studies. In Year 4 Week 18 we studied the founding of Israel in 1947 and the history of Zionism. Then, in another coincidence, Hope and Sydney pulled out of the bottom of their drawer their audio CDs of More All of a Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor. They've been listening intently to this book, one they had essentially forgotten was in their drawer. The sequel to All of a Kind Family, the book recounts adventures of a New York family of five sisters and one brother. In More All of a Kind Family, Hope and Sydney heard about Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, as celebrated by a Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s.

Tapestry of Grace provides a look each year at world religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. In Year 4 Week 19, we studied the history of India and Pakistan in the 1900s and in the process reviewed again the main tenets of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Since our family is also studying Exodus right now in Bible Study Fellowship, God's ten commandments are fresh in our minds. I was so proud of Sydney, who decided to compare Buddhism's Noble Eightfold Path to the Ten Commandments. When I asked the kids what was wrong with this Noble Eightfold Path, which sounds so good, Hope correctly pointed out that SIN is the problem. So we talked about how Hinduism and Buddhism and Islam all fail to provide for the problem of sin. It was a great discussion. Tapestry teacher's notes provide a wealth of Scriptures to read and inform the discussion. Although we simply surveyed the history of India and Pakistan, it was a good conversation that was immediately relevant. Edwards kids' eyebrows went up when, after we labeled the maps and read the history, I told them the story of several men who embarked from Karachi, traveled on boats across the water to Mumbai, and attacked the city as terrorists. This, I said, happened a few weeks ago. The study of history is so relevant!

Next year, when we study Tapestry of Grace Year 1, we will go back to the beginning and as we learn about Moses and the Israelites, we will study Jewish holy days, such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and Succoth (Feast of Booths). It will be a good time to get out the All of a Kind family stories for fun reading during that time.

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Wow, what an insight from Hope!

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