Wednesday, November 17, 2010

REBECCA'S WELL at the 14th Street Y

This Sunday was well...well...weeeellllll...well, a lot of fun to say the least. During StorahSteps at the 14th st Y, Michael Bradley Cohen and Jessica Bay Blyweiss, with a little help from the StorahPuppet, brought to life the story of Rebecca's Well, a journey that brings Eliezer, Abraham's servant, to the outskirts of Nahor in search of a wife, a perfect match, a best friend for Abraham's only son, Isaac.

At StorahSteps, participants get to illustrate the StorahSteps Torah! After drawing the many things we find in the desert, the Torah came on stage, and Eliezer dragged on his ten camels of different colors through the desert of everyone's imagination to the well...the possibly magical wishing well. At the well, the children in the audience helped Eliezer figure out what makes a good friend so that he may more easily find the right best friend for Isaac. Rebecca finally arrived to let them know that all their ideas of a good friend could be summed up in one Hebrew word, "Chesed," which means loving kindness.

The journery of wishing continued until Eliezer realized that all he was wishing for was right under his nose. Rebecca's chesed toward Eliezer and his ten camels of different colors was exactly what he was looking for. He had found the perfect match for Isaac. All the kids that spent this hour with StorahSteps showed great chesed by participating throughout the show with singing, dancing and watering of camels. They also opened their hearts to the idea of chesed and becoming a good friend.

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