News From Ramaz
The freshman grade rode the 6 train down to Union Square to see a special matinee performance of "The Rebecca Play," one of the Genesis Plays as part of the The In[heir]itance Project. The play depicts the sibling rivalry between Yaakov and Esav and how their mother Rebecca dealt with this dynamic among her twin sons. The play was originally written in collaboration with the African American, White, and Jewish communities in Charleston, South Carolina, in the wake of the 2015 Charleston Church shooting.
The play marries the biblical narrative to the story of the city of Charleston, where the city becomes the mother playing favorites among her children, White and Black. Through a series of scenes and monologues, the play's two actors explore rivalry, racism, and how each brother reacts when the roles are reversed. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to use another medium to explore themes they have studied throughout the year in their Tanakh classes. We were privileged to have a talkback with the producer and actors following the performance in which the actors shared their experience in creating the play and the students asked questions and shared impressions about the performance.