The Navi curriculum begins in fourth grade and introduces students to the great nevi’im in our history as they learn of the events of Jewish history from the time of Yehoshua through Achav. The unique lessons that can be learned from Yehoshua, Shoftim, Shmuel Alef, Shmuel Bes and Melachim Alef are explored through study of the texts. Emphasis is placed on discovering how the events and lessons from these sifrei Tanach are relevant to us today.
Students learn Shmuel II, which explores the role of kings in the history of our people and how this affects our connection to the Land. The book of Shmuel II discusses the responsibilities of the king, the anointing of King David, his victories, successes, struggles and emergence as the “Anointed of Hashem.” The course begins with King David’s assuming the throne following the death of Shaul Hamelech, and concludes with King David’s purchase of the property on which the Bais Hamikdash is to be built.
Sefer Melachim 1 covers a critical period in our history: the early years of the Jewish monarchy and the civil war and division that lasted for the rest of the first commonwealth. Students will explore the golden age of Jewish History under King Shlomo, the building of the first Beis Hamikdash, the irrevocable split between the kingdoms and the beginnings of spiritual downfall. Students read and translate pesukim and selected commentaries, including Rashi, Metzudas David, Malbim and Radak.