In this week’s parsha, Parshat Chayei Sarah, Abraham’s servant finds a wife for Isaac at the typical Biblical pick-up spot, the water well. Rebecca is chosen because of the kindness and generosity she displays in offering water to the servant and his camels.
You can talk to your children about different types of water wells and how they work. You can also talk about the importance of water and the importance of sharing our resources with others. Make sure to put your finished wells as centerpieces on your Shabbat table to spark conversation about the Parsha!
Clean Plastic or Glass Jar or Tin Can (or, I used the bottom of a 1.5 L water bottle)
Glue (craft glue is fine for the body of the well, a glue gun is preferable for the roof)
1. Glue trimmed craft sticks around the entire container, with the rounded parts on top.
2. Glue two craft sticks across from each other vertically on the inside of the container.
3. Glue one craft stick across the two vertical sticks.
4. Construct a roof using craft sticks and lay it onto the supporting craft stick.
5. Optional: Decorate your well with stickers or paint.
6. Optional: Try to make a real pulley system with a mini-bucket!
Emily Shapiro Katz has been a community Jewish educator for over ten years in Jerusalem, Atlanta, and San Francisco. She has recently made Aliyah to Beer Sheva with her husband, Andy, and daughters Maya, age 5 and Avital, age 2. Her contributions to this website reflect her interest in teaching Tanach, doing craft projects, and entertaining her kids. Emily blogs about her Parsha Projects at http://parshaprojects.blogspot.com/