Torah & Texts

Bereshit: God is Speaking. Listen Up

By Galyn Susman

What really happens in the Garden of Eden? Why does Adam and Eve feel shame and hide from G-d? What can we learn from the language the Torah uses in Bereshit?

In honor of BimBam’s 10th anniversary, here’s a new take on Parshat Bereshit, from board president, Galyn Susman. It’s new, old-school G-dcast.

Simchat Torah: Parshat Bereshit

By Sarah Lefton

Parshat Bereshit brings us back to beginnings.

What’s so good, that G-d called it so twice? Tuesday, of course! ?$%#! Tune in to the finale of BimBam’s Torah project in this week’s episode – Bereshit – to find out what that’s supposed to mean.

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Bereshit Source Sheet

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By Lawrence Kushner

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner asks some mystical questions about the creation of the world in Parshat Bereshit.

Take a trippy voyage through Kabbalah and Torah with a Star Wars-tinged style.


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Bereshit Source Sheet

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Bereshit Lesson Guide

The Mystery of the Forbidden Fruit

Which forbidden fruit does Adam and Eve eat in the Garden of Eden? This stop motion short created with twelve 11 year old campers at Camp Ramah Wisconsin seeks to answer that question. The campers worked in teams to study Jewish texts, write a script, record their voices, draft their counselors into making music and finally, animate the video with their own cut paper props and characters. It was a deep, and satisfying way to spend 2 weeks together in this artists’ beit midrash.

“After two weeks of meetings and discussions, scripting, designing, and hundreds of snapshots…none of the students had seen the whole project put together yet. They sat in the back of auditorium on wooden benches with about one hundred of their friends and staff from all over camp. While the general audience was chatting and flirting, the animation group was clearly focused on the big screen hanging from the ceiling, waiting for the show to begin. As soon as the film appeared, you could see the excitement and pride on their faces. Their peers were remarkably silently focused, with the exception of whispered amazement at animated effects. After the credits rolled, the room burst into the loudest applause of the day, and members of the group were beaming with pride. Some high-fived and some were still fixed on the screen, clapping so hard you could see their unabashed sense of accomplishment. All the hard detailed work, extensive planning, group decision making, and crunch time pressure dissolved into a celebration of achievement, pride, and community recognition. I was proud of them, but the most impressive and moving tribute to their work was this moment of authentic satisfaction and accomplishment as a team and as true creators.”
– Lom, BimBam Educator at Studio BimBam: Camp Ramah

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Camp Ramah Source Sheet

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