Shorashim began exploring a new story in our הלל (hallel) theme this week from בראשית (Breishit–Genesis) 28. This story was about Ya’akov running away from his brother to Charan for fear of death. In this story, Ya’akov is alone, outside at night and sleeps with his head on a rock. Throughout this story shorashim has been focused on Ya’akov being alone, thinking that “he must be very scared without his mother and father with him and because he didn’t know where he was going.” To try and think and feel like Ya’akov, Shorashim spent some time in nיצירה (yetzirah-creativity) this week going outside and finding a quiet spot to draw by ourselves what we see in nature. In addition to being outside, Shorashim also looked at pictures of nature scenes at night and held natural materials to think about how they might feel if like Ya’akov, they were outside, and alone at night. Shorashimers had so many ideas about how their גופים (goofim-bodies) would feel in these situations.
In addition to exploring our Ya’akov story, Shorashimers started thinking more about times when their גוף (goof-body) wants to הלל (hallel). As one Shorashimer shared with me, “My body wants to הלל (hallel) when my dad lights shabbat candles!” Another Shorashimer shared that “hearing the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den made my body want to הלל (hallel)!” We made comic books with pictures to describe these moments of הלל (hallel) and used pictures to tell stories of them. Next week we will continue thinking about how our story of Ya’akov might connect to some of these moments of הלל (hallel) for us.