Introducing the Laws of Kashrut


What does it mean to ‘keep kosher”?  Before studying the biblical sources of kashrut, students will brainstorm their prior knowledge about what is involved in keeping kosher and then watch an engaging video about keeping kosher. To support the students’ own research on kashrut, the class can look up the hyperlinked sources on the featured graph (see the source section of the resource) and complete the table, filling in the laws they find in the text.  Study of the biblical text is supported by suggested text analysis skills such as “Rapid Fire Writing,” a structured protocol that teaches learners how to unpack their understanding of a text, “Close Viewing Protocol,” which has students write down personal takeaways, questions and reactions to the text or video, and others.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how they relate to the mitzvah of Kashrut, whether they observe it or not

  2. know the sources for the laws of Kashrut and what “keeping kosher” involves

  3. be able to summarize some laws of kashrut as indicated in the Torah

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

Student handouts, projector

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