Feeling Shabbat – People Creating Holiness


What are the roles of customs, rituals, objects and food in creating an atmosphere of sacred time? Does holiness have an inherent existence of its own, or does it depend on humans who create it? In this resource, learners will study a Chasidic story that goes to the heart of why specific objects and actions can create an atmosphere of holiness. After discussing the story and its message, students will choose and display an object that changes or could change the atmosphere of Shabbat for them. 

The learner will:

  1. Understand the ways in which holiness can be created

  2. Know the Chassidic story that conveys the lesson of how human actions can transform time

  3. Be able to articulate and share with peers the things that make time special/sacred for him/her

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 related to JEBD materials and related links

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