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Oct 16

Movie Stills From Ya’akov v’Esav

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have started listening to and playing our Torah theme text, Ya’akov v’Esav (Genesis 25:20-28), which you can find here. For many young children, the first time they hear a text like this, they might only be able to really hear a few words.

In our case, the children could hear the following words:

“Twins.”

“Babies.”

“Crushing.”

“Reddish and Hairy.”

“Esav.”

“Hunter.”

“Ya’akov.”

“Tents.”

The children in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten), started to absorb many more details and partially put the parts of the text in sequential order, by their second or third day of hearing or playing the text (note: we heard the text a few times per day over the course of those 2 or 3 days!).

We decided to make a movie about the text. The first step, was making a list of all the parts of the text that we could remember and try to add them in the order that they took place. Then we built each part of the text and stopped to take a photo of each new part. We didn’t include every part of the text.

All of the Captions are the words of the children:

  “…Yitzchak married Rivkah when he was 40 years old…”

“He (Yitzchak) prayed for his wife to have a baby.”

“She (Rivkah) became pregnant with twins.”

“They (the babies) were crushing each other!”

“Rivkah said, why is this happening to me?”

“The first one came out reddish and hairy, that’s Esav. His brother was grabbing onto his heel, Ya’akov.”

This is where we stopped filming for the day… perhaps next time, we will add more scenes!

 

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