The parsha Va-yiggash (Gensis 44:18-47:27) was very serious because Joseph was bullied 20 years ago but then he bullied his brothers! Before Joseph fed his brothers, he found out that they had changed! How do you think they proved they changed? by Owen, Drew, Reilly, Hannah, Sarah, Hannah R., Sam, Ben H., Liam, Adam, Mia, Ella & Morah Lauren
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?
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.
Hay Shabbat school students were shocked when the Tanach walked into our room. [In reality they were parent volunteers who ‘became’ the Torah, N’vi-im (Prophets) and K’tuvim (Writings)]
Each part of the Tanach was explored @ a station, in a small parent-led group. Students found selections in the Tanach – and used them as springboards for discussion. They shared favorite figures in the Torah, did a puzzle on the Prophets and found that many of the melodies we sing in services are actually from K’tuvim (Writings).
Our prophet even dressed-the-part!
Check out the siddur (prayerbook) the next time you’re in synagogue. (The readings are often referenced.) How many of our readings can you find from Psalms? How many from Lamentations?
During our first meeting, we studied: Hol Hamoed – Exodus 33:12-34:26. We discussed the idea of God, our individual feelings & beliefs. Then we found a quiet spot in the Sukkah and attempted to come up with our own names for God – in words, rhythm or movement (perhaps ones that even indicated our feelings about the ‘awesomeness’ we find in nature).
What word(s), rhythm or movement would you use to express ‘the wonder in the world’?
Last week we studied: Noah – Genesis 6:9-11:32. We focused a great deal on the fact that there were 14 of each ‘clean animal’ – and 4 of each ‘unclean animal’…and the fact that Noah sent the raven out first. We explored how the raven might’ve felt…and made the connection to endangered species (as the raven was an ‘unclean animal’).We discovered that, as of 2012…at threat are: 41% of amphibian species, 33% of reef-building corals, 30% of conifers, 25% of mammals, and 13% of birds.
The eco-drama we created reflected many of the concerns of the raven, endangered species, Noah’s role – and ours – in it all.
We were so busy creating, writing and performing that YOU’LL have to ask your child what part they played (we forgot to take photos). (Among the parts played were: narrator, Noah, raven, the-people-who-didn’t-make-it, ‘clean’ & ‘unclean’ animals….)
Look for documentation & photos from some of our meetings in the future!
Rainbows mean peace, and courage all over the world. Ruler and blessings guide us through the natons and continents throughout the world. This was inspired by the blessing of the rainbow.
by Allie & Ben
The midrash that we read was very interesting. It was about how Noah and his wife, Naamah, helped repair the world. Naamah was in charge of regrowing plants and Noah was in charge of building the ark and getting the animals on it. It also included a part that was not written in the Torah and we had never heard it before. A raven planted the seed that grew into the olive tree from which the dove took the branch from.
by Tal & Hannah
The Torah has 54 parshiyot. Each parsha has paragraphs. Some parshiyot have a very little amount of paragraphs and some have a lot of paragraphs. We are up to the second parsha, Noah. We had a hard time finding what we wanted to see so we used the chumash. The sentence that we studied was this is the line of Noah. Noah was a righteous man…
by Ethan G., Jack, Lola & Ethan H.
A Section from Parsha Ki Tissa for Hol Moed Sukkot:
The Ten Commandments were given to the Israelites from God. When the Israelites were waiting for Moses to come from speaking to God, they became impatient and built a Golden Calf to worship. When Moses came back and saw the Golden Calf, he became angry and smashed the tablets. God was also very mad and God did not want to give the Israelites a second chance. But then Moses encouraged God to give the Israelites a second chance. Then Moses went back up Mt. Sinai to get the second set of tablets.