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Hidden and Revealed: Central Motifs of Purim

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Megillat Esther is chock full of intrigue, secrets, plot twists and revelations. What message lies beneath this mysterious motif? In this lesson, learners will uncover the hidden information (see the What’s hidden in Megillat Esther  flip-cards and the Babushka template attachments below) and discuss the ways in which both the concealments and revelations impact the outcome of the story. In addition, students are also invited to consider the “masks” that they may wear, and if there are things about themselves that they wish were more visible.

Lesson Attachments​

The learners will:

  1. understand how concealment and revelation have both advantages and disadvantages

  2. know many examples of the use of concealment in Megillat Esther, and the reason why it is traditional to wear costumes and masks on Purim

  3. be able to identify three aspects or qualities about themselves that are less visible from the outside and create a mask (an animal, object, or item) that represents their hidden qualities. 

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

A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

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