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1. Read Genesis chapters 37 – 47 (you may skip Chap 38, which is tangential)
As you read, look for Motifs we have seen from earlier events in Genesis
*Motif – a recurring theme in the text
Write an example for each motif listed below from the Joseph story.
Sibling Rivalry motif
2. Watch these two sequences from the musical ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ by Andrew Lloyd Weber
Compare this modern day Midrash on the story with the Text in Genesis (through close up Text Detective reading)
In both scenes, what ways does Weber alter the text, to create this more contemporary telling of the tale? Note details for each.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNn1iw2N8No Brothers tell of Joseph’s demise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SyC04sdbBs Potifar and Wife
Of course you are welcome to watch the whole Musical if you are so inclined (approx. one hour)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnPClWznEY4 full film, watch from 7:00 – 1:07 min
(this film has subtitles in another language, but it is the most easily accessible copy available)
3. Tu Bishvat – this week’s holiday
From our Tu Bishvat ‘seder’ experience in class,
what does the name of the holiday indicate?
What are 3 different reasons or aspects of celebrating this holiday?
make sure you include the significance of trees with the holiday.
(if you missed class, or need some reminders, try the Dosick textbook p 155-156)