Divide into small groups – half the groups will work with the Exodus text (Shemot 12:13) and half the groups with the in the rainbow text – they should create a skit that shows what they think putting the sign (אות) up is about (putting it on the door, in the sky) in light of their discussion.
Divide into small groups – create a skit that shows how you understand the rainbow text in light of some of the distinctions you explored in your community of inquiry.
Exercise: Circles of Attachment
What in your life are you most attached to? Think of your home – if you were to leave home, what would be most difficult to leave behind? What not as difficult?
Draw three circles.
In the center put the thing it would be most difficult to leave if you were to leave home, then move out in the circles with things that would be less difficult to leave (from hardest to less hard).
Pick a different community you are part of (school? sports team?) – what would be hardest to leave behind if you were leaving that community?
Activity: Ancient and Historic Journeys
On a piece of paper, each person writes down:
- A destination,
- A mode of transport,
- The reason you are going on the journey
- The year the journey takes place
N.B. You must take your journey in the past – some time in the last 5,000 years! (when you set the date, make sure the other details – such as transport – are appropriate!).
- Put all the pieces of paper in a container.
- Get into pairs and then each pair pulls out one sheet from the container.
- In pairs, act out what you would take with you and what the journey would be like.
Activity: Hand-Torn Midrash:
Make a ‘torn-paper Midrash’that draws on how you understand the term אות in light of one of the distinctions you explored in your community of inquiry .
Tearing paper to make collages that express our interpretation of text was developed by Jo Milgrom. Collages can be abstract or representational, they might use different coloured papers to convey emotions and movement…. in short, anything goes as long as one basic rule is observed – the paper cannot be cut. Some people like to glue the end product down, others leave it without any adhesive. It is up to you. A variety of papers can be used, including printed paper.
Interview two people in your family or community about the following:
- Is there any kind of food that you personally choose not to eat? Why?
- Do you think that what you eat affects your health?
- Do you think that what you eat affects your mood?
- Can you look at what someone eats and draw any conclusion about their values?
- Do you think that what you choose to eat or not eat can makes you a better person?
- Do you eat meat? Do you think this affects the kind of person you are?
- In the account of creation God blesses us and tells us and gives us all seed bearing plants to eat. In Noah, after the flood he tells he blesses us again, but this time he also allow us to eat meat. Why do you think God changes his blessing? Do you think we should eat meat?
Summative Activity: Torn paper Midrash
Take one theme explored in your community of inquiry and express your own thought about it in realtion to this parashah through a Torn Paper Midrash
Activity: ‘Good’ and ‘Very good’
Give out slips of paper with the following sentence – ask everyone to complete it
Collect the slips and put them in a hat – each student pulls one out and reads it
The class has to discuss it and decide if (or under what circumstances) it would be true.
While ____ is good, ____ is very good.
This could also lend itself well to short skits. After reading out all the statements and discussing them, the class could vote on the four or five most interesting ones. Then small groups of 3-4 students could make a skit out of a particular statement.
Listen to the chanting of verses 1:1-5
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Activity: Form and meaning – creating ritual
In small groups – decide on a value that you all think is important. Create an action or a ritual that conveys this value to those taking part in it. Keep in mind that you will be leading the rest of the students through this action/ ritual, so keep it manageable given the time and resources you have available.