Kiddush and Kedusha


What is the connection between the Kiddush that is recited before Shabbat dinner and the concept of kedusha/holiness?  Beginning with a discussion of what holiness means to the student (see attachment below), this resource uses the text of the Friday night Kiddush to delve into various meanings of “kedusha” and its relationship to the Kiddush.  Video clips demonstrating various tunes for reciting the Kiddush and an art project that draws upon the words of the Kiddush enhances the learner’s appreciation and understanding of the meaning of holiness.

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. Understand how the concept of  holiness is intrinsic toShabbat 

  2. Know the text of the Shabbat Kiddush and its relationship to the concept of Kedusha

  3. Be able to choose a line for the text of the Kiddush and concretize its meaning through his/her personal artistic expression 

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 materials on JEBD site and related links

How to do it links to videos that demonstrate how to perform the Kiddush ritual

Student handout of sources; digital devices for playing suggested video clips; art materials for suggested art project

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