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Blessing for Peace

Abstract

How might a prayer asking God to make peace influence people to work towards peace? In this resource, learners will study the text of the “Blessing for Peace” which appears multiple times in our liturgy, and discuss its meaning. While the prayer for peace – Oseh Shalom – is a plea for God to bring peace, learners are drawn into the human pursuit of peace through several different activities.  Linked to this lesson is a set of photographs (see Oseh Shalom Photographs attached below) depicting various scenarios that invite students to imagine the story behind the photo and to come up with a “solution” to the conflict depicted.  In an additional exercise the learner reflects on a conflict which s/he has recently had and composes a personal prayer expressing a hope for peace in this particular situation.  Younger students are encouraged to write their own prayers for peace and to attach them to paper doves that are hung in the classroom.

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. Understand why peace is an important value in Judaism

  2. know the words and meaning of the traditional prayer for peace 

  3. be able to apply the ideas expressed in the Prayer for Peace to the learner’s own experiences with conflict, and to compose his/her personal prayer/s for peace 

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

  5. Further Study option/s linked to JEBD sources and related links

Student handouts, computer, projector, paper cut outs of doves

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