Torah & Texts

Weekly Parsha: Bo

By Joel Stanley

Actor and writer Joel Stanley asks in Parshat Bo what’s it like to be the greatest sidekick ever? He takes us INSIDE the head of Aaron, Moses’s number one man (ahem…and his brother). Plagues! Confrontations! And poison-tinged political drama where Moses (Moshe) and Pharoah’s attendants attack each other…with snakes??

Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current weekly Torah portion…and then we animate it! This particular Parashat haShavua (פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ or “weekly Torah portion”) video is Episode 15 from Parshat Bo (בֹּא “come – go in – go” Exodus 10:1–13:16).

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Prophets is the English name for the books of the Hebrew Bible called Nevi'im in Hebrew. We have animated many stories from the Books of Joshua and Judges (Shoftim) and look forward to adding more storytelling in the future on these epic stories.

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Writings is the English name for the books of the Hebrew Bible, or Tanach, called Ketuvim in Hebrew. These animated shorts bring to life some of the texts in this rich book - from Megillat Esther to Megillat Ruth, from Mishlei (Proverbs) and from Tehillim (Psalms.)

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Talmud is the encyclopedic code of Jewish oral law and important commentaries on it. In these videos, we have brought to life some of the Talmud's "Greatest Hits" - stories that are frequently taught to illustrate a point in Jewish law, or to teach an important value. These videos add a new layer of artistic interpretation to the millenia-old, still evolving, original hypertext document. We additionally offer a groundbreaking curriculum for teaching Talmud using video as a lens.

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Stories & Philosophy

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Community Made

Where community comes together to animate Jewish stories.  These are videos produced in collaboration with students of ours all over the world - from Kindergarten on up. Since our debut in 2008, hundreds of you have asked: “How can I help make a project?” or “What if my students could help make a project?” We listened! In 2012, we premiered STUDIO G-DCAST, a program that brings cohorts together to collaborate on short animated films. So far we have hosted Studio Berkeley, Studio Ramah, Studio Adas Israel and, thanks to a generous grant from The Covenant Foundation, BimBam offered 24 university students the chance to work in chevruta to transform classic Talmud stories into eleven animated shorts and one app. We’re excited to turn more BimBam fans into filmmakers and app developers. Who knows, maybe the next film we make will be with YOU! Contact | Tel: (415)935-4565 to learn more about making a video with us.

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