TO FIND OUR SPOT IN THE TORAH! WE LOOKED AT THE SHAPE AND LAYOUT OF THE TEXT. WE EVEN USED THE CHUMASH TO HELP FIND OUR SPOT, BUT IT WAS SO DIFFICULT, WE WERE STILL ABOUT 20 SECTIONS OFF. WE FOUND OUR PLACE BY LOOKING FOR THE WORD TOLDOT IN HEBREW. AT FIRST WE FOUND THE TOLDOT (GENERATIONS) OF SHAM, THE SON OF NOAH, BUT THEN WE FOUND THE TOLDOT OF ISAAC. THE IMAGE IS WHERE WE FIRST THOUGHT WE WOULD FIND TOLDOT AS THE SHAPE OF THE SPACES RESEMBLED THE BREAKDOWN OF GENERATIONS. WE ACTUALLY FOUND THAT THE PARSHA OF TOL’DOT IS MOSTLY TEXT WRITTEN CLOSE TOGETHER WITHOUT BREAKS. THE ONLY BREAK IS WHEN THERE IS A DISCUSSION OF THE BITTERNESS THAT WAS FELT BY ESAU’S ANGER TOWARD JACOB.
Last Friday, Shabbat School students explored the story of Creation from the Book of Genesis through a variety of lenses. My group (Morah Rebecca!) used theater games to think about what was created, how it was described, and what it could have felt like. In the picture above, students were given one piece of creation (the sun, the trees, water, man, shabbat) and, without speaking a word, had to line up in the order in which these things came to be. Ask them about the plays in which the entire story of creation was acted out in 10 seconds flat!