Friday, December 5, 2008

This week we continued to work on handwriting, Charlotte's Web and American History. In Ch 2, Niles read about several Indian groups, including the Iroquois, Pueblos, Mayans, Incas and Aztecs. There was a discussion about how each group was different, and how the groups were similiar. He decided it would have been better to live among the Pueblo who were farmers, than the Iroquios who were warriors. [Even with his interest in weapons] Niles was dismayed by the fact that some groups carried out human sacrifices. This led us to a discussion of our own Torah story of Abraham and Isaac. Why did G-d test Abraham by using Isaac as a sacrifice? Why was it revolutionary when G-d stayed Abraham's hand and ruled that human sacrifice was not acceptable? It was a great conversation!

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