GrowTorah Core Value: Incubating Emunah
Lesson Title: Finding Faith in the Land
Hashem calls to Avram and tells him to go to Cana'an. Avram follows the voice of Hashem and starts the journey with Sarai and Lot. After journeying through the Egypt Avram and Sarai's household arrives in Cana'an, where Hagar and Avram have a son named Ishmael. Afterwords, Avram enters a brit with Hashem and his name is changed to Avraham, and Sarai's to Sarah.
Why was Avraham worthy of receiving Hashem's command?
- looking for God everywhere, asking questions
How do you think Avraham would look at our garden?
- how does God relate to our work in the garden?
Why do you think faith and land are mentioned in the same verse?
- God allows the land to prosper, agriculture as a mixture of our work and God's work
What will Avraham's descendants have that he lacks?
- land, God of a nation as opposed to an individual
How does this source help explain the connection between land and faith of the verse above?
- connection between God of a nation and the ability to utilize more land
How can we apply this connection to our own gardens, which we ourselves tend?
- how does teamwork and multiple people/classes using the garden make both the garden and community stronger?
Living the Lesson
Can Hashem's works only be appreciated in vast displays of nature?
How can we see Hashem's "wonderful, matchless and infinite wisdom" in our own gardens?
GrowTorah Core Value: Reimagining Tzedakah
Lesson Title: Torn Over Territory - Lot and Avraham's Ideological Quarrel
How do Avraham and Lot think differently about ownership and land?
- being considerate of others
Which perspective do you think applies best to the management of our own garden?
- sharing when possible, respect other boundaries; only plant where we are allowed
Living the Lesson
What levels of our community are we serving through our garden work?
- what additional levels can we add that were not explicitly mentioned in Shabbat
- how is our garden helping the whole world?
What levels do we have potential, and therefore responsibility, to serve?
- what does responsibility towards each level look like?