Miami’s Diller Teen Fellows Cohort 7 experienced their first Shabbaton last weekend where they were able to reflect upon their own identities and how they can come together as a group.
Fellows spent time understanding the week’s Parsha, or Torah portion, Lech Lecha. Lech Lecha, which can be translated as “go to yourself,” provided a platform for the teens to begin to think about who they are as leaders, within the context of their Jewish identities.
G!D asks him to take his son, his precious one, Isaac, to a mountain in the land of Moriah, which means “the land of seeing”, and offer him there as a burnt offering.
What a paradox! This is the son that G!D has said will be the inheritor of Abraham's line and his legacy, but how is it possible to have an heir after the heir has been sacrificed?
Identity. This is something that teens today continue to struggle with and understand. Their identities are evolving during teen years and our hope is that they explore their roles in their community and how they want to be perceived. Teens are at a unique place in their life where forming their identity is so important to how they engage with the world around them.