The following is a guest blog post by Dina Mann, National Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Reboot, an organization that engages and inspires young, Jewishly-unconnected cultural creatives, innovators and thought-leaders who, through their candid and introspective conversations and creativity, generate projects that impact both the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.
Traditionally, this is a day of celebration. Dancing, music and even some drinking is quite common. The question is: What’s everyone so happy about? Or a better question: How can we bring the spirit of creativity, excitement and joy from Simchat Torah and spread it throughout the year?
Enter Unscrolled. It’s a reinterpretation, a reimagining, a creative celebration: 54 leading Jewish writers, artists, photographers and screenwriters, plus actors, an architect, a musician and others grapple with the Torah, giving new meaning to the 54 Torah portions.
What is Unscrolled? First and foremost, it is a book that sums up the weekly Torah portion and then goes even further by creating interpretations that no medieval rabbi would think possible. More than a book, Unscrolled is a project that seeks to create a conversation around the Torah. With Unscrolled, we hope to give people who have never read the Torah, people who read the Hebrew Torah portions every week and people who think it’s a whole lot of brisket an opportunity to engage with the text in a fun, entertaining and offbeat way.
Want to get in on the action?
- Visit Unscrolled.org to see sample pages, sign up for emails with parasha prompts and upcoming Unscrolled events.
- Follow UNSCROLLED on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation and share your interpretations.
- Keep it Simple. Sum up the weekly Torah portion in 140 character or less. Share on Twitter with #Torahin140
- Go Deep. Respond to weekly prompts that will have you bringing the Torah into the 21st century.
- Create an event for your community and sign up to receive a DIY kit.
- Get tickets for launch events in San Francisco (Oct 2) and Los Angeles (Oct 28).
- Order UNSCROLLED and start looking at the Bible a little differently.
B’reishit (“In the beginning…”) is the first portion. Take some time to:
- Keep it Simple. Sum up the portion in 140 characters or less.
- Go Deep. Write about a time you went somewhere that was off limits.
Bring your diverse voice to the conversation and get Unscrolled.