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Prayer for the State of Israel

Abstract

For two thousand years, Jews prayed for the opportunity to return to the land of Israel. In the twentieth century, we were granted this wish! A new prayer was written; the prayer for the State of Israel. What do we wish for the State of Israel? The opening hook of this lesson asks students to do some free association for what comes to mind when they think about Israel. Following their study and analysis of the content of the traditional Prayer for Israel, the students then engage in writing their own blessings and prayers for Israel and the people who live there. 

The learner will:

  1. Understand how the Prayer for the State of Israel represents an array of Jewish values

  2. know the text of the Prayer for the State of Israel and when and where it is recited

  3. be able to incorporate some of the ideas contained in the Prayer for Israel into their own blessings and prayers for Israel

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  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 options/s linked to JEBD sources and related links

Student handout, computer, projector

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