'Live from Mount Sinai'
Combining Jewish studies with theater and educational entrepreneurship, Mandel Jerusalem Fellow Amichai Lau-Lavie is bringing his unique method "Storahtelling" to Israel. Haaretz reports on this creative thinker's recent endeavors.
"Torah service is a disservice," says Amichai Lau-Lavie, moving easily between the rhyming discourse of hip-hop and advertising slogans, between biblical quotations and academic reflections, as he discusses his current project: finding a way to engage Israelis with the texts of the Bible. "I should have gone into advertising," he says, "but my customers are not buying something - they're getting something."
Lau-Lavie is one of a select group of Jerusalem Fellows - who are "changing the definition of what it means to be a Jewish educator," according to Abigail Dauber Sterne, an official at the Mandel Leadership Institute, which sponsors the fellows enterprise...
...Reclaiming a ritual that has become, in his words, "so boring no one wants to go near it," through music, audience participation and performance art, Lau-Lavie's method - "Storahtelling" - revives the ancient role of interpreter in the synagogue, "translating" the texts into contemporary discourse. Although he has met substantial success in overcoming the apathy of American Jews...
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