Torah & Texts

Jewish Proverbs: Commentaries in Clay by Educators

Jewish proverbs are often metaphorical. They can be short expressions of popular wisdom. They can also offer statements about how to conduct one’s life wisely.

Some Jewish proverbs specifically come from the actual Book of Proverbs (in Hebrew the word is Mishlei משלי) in Writings (in Hebrew the word is Ketuvim כְּתוּבִים in Hebrew) within the Hebrew Bible (in Hebrew the word is Tanakh תַּנַ”ךְ). The Jewish Proverbs in this short film were created by Jewish educators learning a new way to understand and interpret text.

Over the course of two sessions, 80 participants studied in chevruta, learned the basics of stop-motion technology, got their hands dirty as they molded clay, and ultimately created a set of original and delightful animated videos, using a list of Jewish proverbs complied by Alicia Jo Rabins, as their prompts.


Each of the claymation pieces were filmed with free apps on smartphones. After the workshop we combined the individual films into one 4 minute example to show how BimBam can help make Jewish text learning fun, meaningful and memorable.

The development of this program was made possible in part by funds granted by the Covenant Foundation. The statements made and the views expressed in the individual projects, however, are solely the responsibility of the artists.

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