Chosenness – Privilege or Responsibility?


Is it a privilege or a burden to be a “chosen people”?  In this resource, learners will begin by watching a powerful video clip from Fiddler on the Roof that explores the multifaceted Jewish perspectives of “chosenness.”  Students will then analyze a variety of  Torah and midrashic sources, as well as excerpts from contemporary thinkers who grapple with the concept of chosenness. A variety of suggested collaborative learning techniques, such as rapid fire writing and reader’s theater, (see Suggested Activities)  enhance the exploration of this very complex topic.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how the concept of being the chosen people is complex

  2. Know how Jewish sources convey chosenness and the duality of privilege and responsibility

  3. Be able to articulate and share with others their personal responses to these texts

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

Student handouts, computer, projector

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