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Project Box B3: R'Fa Einu

(In class, & may need time at home Music/Dance Activity 15 Points)

Special Note to Students: It is OK for more than one person to work on and receive credit for this Project. In order not to disturb your classmates, you will most likely need to work on this project at home.

Listen to the song, "R'Fa Einu" several times. It is found on the Project Etgar CD, or on the CD, "Renewal Of Spirit," by Debbie Friedman.

  1. The first time you listen, pay attention to the music. Listen to the beat and the melody and the mood that Debbie Friedman's music creates.
  2. The second time you listen, follow along the words from the English translation: Heal us, Adonai, and we shall be healed; Save us, and we shall be saved; Because we sing praises to You, Grant us a complete healing from all our wounds. For You, almighty Ruler, are faithful and merciful Sovereign of healing. Blessed are You, Adonai, who heals the sick of your people Israel.
  3. The third time you listen, follow along the words from the English translation:
  4. Choreograph a dance to the music that expresses the emotion of the music and the meaning of the words. Be prepared to explain to your teacher how your dance expresses this blessing. Extra points will be awarded for performing your dance for the class.

Project Box F1: "Two is Better than One, Three is Even Better"

(In Class Writing Activity 10 Points)

Have you ever heard the expression, "Two heads are better than one"? Did you know that this very common expression has its roots in the TaNaKh? In the biblical scroll called Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, verse 9, says:

Try to translate this verse by yourself.

There is another very common expression that you have surely heard: "Two's company, Three's a crowd."/p>

As it turns out, the idea that two friends hanging out is better than a threesome, is NOT a Jewish concept! In fact, rabbinic Judaism implies that three is BETTER than two!!

Here is a rabbinic legend interpreting the verse above from Ecclesiastes:

When Rabbi Meir saw a man setting out on a journey alone, he would say, "Go in peace, you man of death." When he saw two men, he would say, "May you have peace, you men who are sure to quarrel." When he saw three, he would say, "May you have peace, you men of peace." (Rabbi Meir was sure that in the event of a fight between two friends, the third would be the peace-maker between the two that quarrel.) - From "The Book of Legends" page 647

Based on this legend, answer the following questions:

  1. What does Rabbi Meir think about being:
    1. A solitary person:__________________________
    2. Two friends:____________________
    3. Three friends: __________________
  2. Rewrite the legend of Rabbi Meir as a story taking place today. Don't change Rabbi Meir's opinions, just update the characters and the circumstances of a solitary person, two friends, and three friends.
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Project Box F2

(In Class Reading/Artistic Activity 5, 10, 15, or 20 Points)

Re-read the story of the friendship between David and Jonathan in the first Book of Samuel (found in your student workbook on page "Friendship Pages 8-10). Create illustrations of different scenes from the story.

Each illustration is worth 5 Project Box Points, for a maximum of 20.


 
 
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