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Clay in the Potter’s Hand: כי הנה כחומר ביד היוצר

SAR High School 11th graders enjoyed a special presentation by Dan Harelick on the process of making pottery, hosted by the Tanach department. The goal of this presentation was to illuminate one of the chapters of Yirmiyahu in which the prophet employs the metaphor of clay in the hands of a potter. Equipped with his pottery wheel and tools, Harelick, of Dan Harelick Studio Art in Riverdale, demonstrated his expertise by walking the students through a step-by-step interactive tutorial of throwing clay on a wheel. Students had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and truly experience the intricacies of Yirmiyahu’s metaphor. Students reported that forming the clay was harder than they expected and that successfully molding their pottery piece was tremendously satisfying. Most significant is how deeply this hands-on experience has enriched the 11th grade’s analysis of Yirmiyahu’s metaphor back in the classroom. The Tanach department deeply appreciates Harelick for his enthusiastic participation in teaching this unit, and looks forward to partnering with him again in the future.

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