Abstract

Mimouna is a festival celebrated by Jews of Moroccan and North African descent on the night that the Pesach holiday ends as well as the day that follows. How did this holiday originate? What are the values around which this holiday is centered? In this resource learners will study a photograph of Jews celebrating Mimouna and learn about the holiday’s origins. In addition, students are encouraged to plan their own Mimouna celebration and raise awareness of this unique Jewish experience in their school community. A soundtrack with traditional Moroccan music to enhance the learning experience can be found in the attachment below. The Mimouna teacher resource (see Expanding your horizons below) adds valuable information and insight that will enrich the lesson.

The learners will:

  1. understand why Moroccan and North African Jews value the Mimouna holiday

  2. know the origins of the Mimouna holiday and its rituals

  3. be able to plan and participate in a Mimouna class celebration and raise awareness of this beloved tradition

About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.

 

When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.

  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.

  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.

  4. The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

Student Handout, computer, projector

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