Abstract

Knowing when and how to perform a mitzvah can be challenging at the best of times. Knowing when and how to perform a mitzvah while on the frontlines of a war is even harder. The Military Rabbinate is in place to advise soldiers as to how they should adapt mitzvot, or even when they should not perform them at all. Through exploring the mitzvah of lighting Chanukah candles on a remote army base, this resource gives students the opportunity to discover key halachic concepts that are considered when rendering Jewish law. Learners will identify and reflect upon moments in their lives when they, or someone they know, could not observe a Jewish tradition due to an emergency or a difficult situation.

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. understand why an observant Jew might not perform a commandment or custom.

  2. know the halachic concepts that are considered when rendering Jewish law.

be able to apply the halachic concepts on rendering Jewish law to a situation in their own lives when they, or someone they know, could not observe a Jewish tradition due to an emergency or a difficult situation.

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.

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

Computer, Student Handout, Pencils, Colored Pencils, Paper

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