asher63 (asher63) wrote,

In the Beginning

Bunny on her way to slumberland. Her bedtime story tonight was Genesis, chapter 1. I used the Artscroll translation, occasionally ad-libbing a simpler word here and there but basically sticking with the text. She did not complain!

The last couple of nights I've been reading from "Bible Stories for Jewish Children" and she seemed engaged and interested. Sometimes when I don't think she's paying attention or understanding the words, she'll surprise me with a very specific question about the story.

Earlier today we were talking about her school schedule - Was she going to school today? Yes. Why? Because today is Tuesday. - and so on. I thought this was a good time to review the concept of the week, so I explained that the week has seven days. She proudly recited the names of the weekdays from Sunday to Saturday.

So then I asked her if she knew why the week has seven days; of course she did not. I said it's because there is a story in the Bible that describes G-d making the world in six days, and resting on the seventh day, Shabbat. I explained that the Bible is a very old and very important book, and that we learn from it about right and wrong, wisdom, traditions, and history.

So tonight seemed like a good time introduce her to the actual Bible. I am not a scriptural literalist but I do believe the Bible is important and that, in some way I won't try to exactly define, it comes from G-d. I want Sophie to be raised with an outlook that is rational and humanistic, but also has a place for G-d and the Bible.
Tags: bunny, hebraica, ohlife

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