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Chosen For What?

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Do the Jews have a national mission?  This resource explores a variety of Jewish perspectives on “chosenness,” as diverse as the Torah, Mark Twain, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, and Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaCohen Kook. Utilizing these texts as springboards for in depth discussion, together with interactive teaching strategies such as Identity Charts, students will explore their own Jewish identities as wel as their relationship to the various concepts that emerge from these texts.

The learner will:

  1. Understand that beginning with the Torah there have been and continue to be many different ways in which Jewish “chosenness” and survival of the Jewish people have been explained.

  2. Know the meaning of terms such as “am segula,” “a nation of priests,” “treasured nation,” and “national mission” and how these terms find expression in today’s Jewish world.

  3. Be able to apply their understanding of the selected texts in the creation of an “identity chart” that articulates their notion of what it means to be a Jew

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

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