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Manga Midrash: Compassion: Eliezer & Rebecca at the Well

ISBN: 978-0-87441-817-0
SKU: 817
Grade level: 4 - 7
Price: $3.95 In stock
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Manga Midrash explores the meaning and values of selected biblical and rabbinic texts. Each 16-page, full-color booklet uses manga, a cutting-edge, illustrated storytelling technique originally developed in Japan, to present a Bible story, a rabbinic midrash exploring that story, and a related Jewish value. Powered by manga's dynamic and motivating format, students actively participate in the tradition of interpreting sacred text while discussing Jewish values. 


Every Manga Midrash booklet includes these exciting features:

  • Bible Classics: A faithful age-appropriate translation of the original text illustrated with a powerful graphical telling of the story
  • Standing in Their Shoes: Probing questions that ask students to answer as the biblical characters might
  • Rabbinic Midrash:Our Sages Teach Us A dynamic retelling of a traditional midrash based on the Bible story
  • Creating Midrash: What Were the Sages Thinking?An activity in which students can reflect on the meaning of the midrash
  • My Modern Midrash:Our Generation Speaks A lively story-starter, to be completed by students
  • Creating Midrash: What Do You Think?A tool to help students plan their own unique ending to the midrashic story starter
  • Be a Jewish Leader-in-Training A closing, values-based activity to help students demonstrate their learning

Our free downloadable Teaching Guide provides an introduction to both manga and midrash, and a broad range of teaching techniques to deepen and enrich student learning. Download the teaching guide.


This booklet presents Genesis 24:10-27, the story of the search for a wife for our patriarch Isaac and how Rebecca proved herself to be a suitable mate, matriarch, and leader of the Jewish people. Students' understanding is developed through a series of motivating activities and by a rabbinic midrash that illuminates the biblical story. Before creating their own midrash,students explore questions and ideas such as: Why was it important that the future matriarch of Israel show compassion to animals as well as to people? How can putting yourself in another person's place help you become a more compassionate person?


Visit where you will find:

  • 3 animated ecards and 3 illustrated ecards, with space for students to customize messages to send to classmates, friends, and family
  • 6 choices of "wallpaper" for students to illustrate their desktop backgrounds

All the illustrations are full-color manga portrayals of biblical scenes and characters.

The musical choices for the ecards include tunes for:

  • Mazal tov/Congratulations
  • Happy Birthday
  • Hanukkah
  • Passover

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