Shifts in Intensity

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been working on our understanding of an intense experience that Eliyahu HaNavi has in our text.

11 [Adonai] said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before Adonai.”V’hineh, Adonai passed by!
A great and powerful wind ripped through the mountain, shattering rocks before Adonai– but Adonai was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake– but Adonai was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake there was fire– but Adonai was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a soft, small voice.

(I Kings, chapter 19 verses 11-12)

We wanted to find out what it would feel like inside to experience the shift in intensity between the wind, the earthquake, the fire and the small soft voice. There are two ways that we did this in partnership with our Yetzirah (arts/creativity) teacher.

The first thing we did was dance with scarves to music that gradually goes from being loud and fast to quiet and slow.

We also painted with the music to show the shifts in intensity:

Painting the fire with dried Lulavim (palm branches).
Using sponges to paint the earthquake.
Adding a layer of colored pencil to the “small soft voice” painting!

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