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A long-time favorite of early childhood at Westchester Torah Academy is the week of Parshat Vayera. Hachnasat orchim is one of the more beautiful mitzvot in the Torah, and Avraham and Sarah set an excellent example in the parsha. In the vein of experiential education—learning by doing—one yearly activity that honors this parsha is the creation of Ohel Avraham v’Sarah in early childhood classrooms. The materials and methods vary, but the fun that students have playing in the tent is undeniable. Different classes learn about all aspects of the mitzvah that Avraham and Sarah embodied, from the simplest singing “Bruchim HaBaim,” to washing their visitors’ feet and baking challah for them. By making the lesson a physical activity and getting out of routine, the teachers ensure that these students will never forget the story of Avraham, Sarah and the three angels.

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