We tried a new art direction today with “torn midrash”. We talked about the concept of angels and what it means to be afraid, what makes us afraid and what makes us feel safe. The class watched G-dcast on You Tube to understand the meaning of the parsha, Was Jacob wrestling with an angel, with G-d or actually with his brother Esau?
We read a midrash called “What does heaven look like” from a collection of midrashim in God’s Mailbox. By accident we read about next week’s parsha, about Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:10-12. This midrash reminded us about Jack and the Beanstalk because of the dream. It was sort of like Jacob was going back and forth between two places. First he wanted to be in somewhere else but everywhere he went, he was in the same spot. In Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack also went back and forth until he found out he was visiting his father’s old castle.
Have you ever read a story from the Torah and thought it was similar to a story you knew with a different title?