Torah & Texts

Parshat Va’eira

By Katie Mizrahi

Parshat Vaeira is possibly the best known Bible story, period. After Moses and Aaron (Moshe and Aharon) confront Pharoah with a rousing “Let My People Go!” there are weeks of frogs and hail and boils, but Rabbi Katie Mizrahi explains that those weren’t even the REAL plagues. Find out just what was afflicting those Israelites in this week’s story.

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 14 from Parshat Vaeira (וָאֵרָא “and I appeared” Exodus 6:2–9:35).

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Va’eira Source Sheet

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Va’eira Lesson Guide

I’ll Be There For You

A music video about the Torah’s most famous siblings: Aaron, Miriam and Moses, (Aharon, Miryam and Moshe in Hebrew) and the many adventures and rivalries they share throughout the Torah.

This piece was created in four weeks by 6 families, brought together by Kevah. Since each of the families had varied backgrounds in studying Torah and were diverse in age, the group decided to take a creative approach to learning text together. The eleven kids aged 5 to 15 along with their parents – a speechwriter, studio painter, landscape architect, art photographer, museum curator, singer, programmer, professor, and several entrepreneurs – decided that they wanted to make an animated musical film about sibling relationships in the Torah.

BimBam developed several workshops for the families to learn text, write a script, paint characters, draw backgrounds, storyboard animations, and practice singing together. To cap the experience, the families lent their voices to the song at Fantasy Studios, a legendary professional recording studio.

Special thanks to The Peleh Fund for conceiving and producing this video, to Jonathan Bayer for composing the original music for “I’ll Be There For You” (and recording it on his marvelous ukulele) and to Kevah for their partnership support.

Additional thanks to each of the writers, narrators, singers, educators, and sound engineers that contributed to this piece including Jonathan Bayer, Geoffrey Biddle, Eloise Biddle-Gottesman, Penina Biddle-Gottesman, Petra Biddle-Gottesman, Jane Gottesman, Tracy Goldberg, Paul Pierson, Seth Goldberg Pierson, Sidra Goldberg Pierson, David Kurapka, Merl Ross Kurapka, Ava Ross Kurpaka, Suzanne Popkin, Igor Gaskin, Dmitri Gaskin, Ezra Gaskin, Nadia Gaskin, Irene Kim, Rich Gampell, Tyrus Gampell, Anna Goldstein, Joe Lamb, Carson Lamb, JJ Wiesler, Alberto Hernandez, Noa Silver, Rachel Levinson, Catherine MacNeal, Sarah Lefton, Jeremy Shuback and Jeanne Stern.

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Ill Be There for You Lyrics

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Ill Be There for You MP3

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I'll be there for you Source Sheet

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