Thursday, 6 December 2012

Vayeshev- Sibling Rivarly

I love Parashat Vayeshev! In fact I love the whole Yosef story. It is one of Tanach's greatest suspense thrillers, includes a cast of interesting characters, and it conjures emotions everyone can relate to personally. It has all the makings of a great Broadway show! And I do love the soundtrack to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This week, instead of listening to shiurim during evening chores, I enjoyed Joseph. Lunches get made a lot faster to "Go Go Joseph".

The themes in this parasha are also much easier to teach children than last week. Obviously it needs to be softened, but the idea of wanting to harm your sibling because of jealousy is something that all children can relate to at some point.
This week my girls inadvertently acted out their own sibling rivalry battle. Cohava took a piece of dress-up clothes that Gabi wanted. Standing on the bathtub ledge she taunted, "I got it and you don't!" Then Cohava lost her balance and fell on Gabi, fracturing her leg.
Following this episode, the girls listened to the story of Yosef with extra attentiveness.
And their project reflected the physical representation of their jealousy, the ketonet pasim, the striped tunic Yaakov presented his son.

Target t-shirts + sharpie markers =

Shabbat Shalom!

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