Shabbat As A Taster of the World To Come


What do we mean by “sacred time”?  This resource unpacks the complexity of Shabbat as “sacred time” through exploration of ideas and experiences to which the student, regardless of past exposure to ritual life, can relate.  Optional hooks and activities  suggested in this resource include a deep dive into personal thoughts about what a utopia might look like, what one envisions as “the world to come,” and how ritual can impact a person’s life.  Experiencing a shabbat in ‘real time’ is one of the recommended ways through which the essential questions provided can become more meaningful and effective.

The learner will:

  1. Understand the concepts of  “sacred time,” and “a taste of the world to come” and why Shabbat is referred to in these terms

  2. Know how Jewish thinkers, classical as well as contemporary, frame the meaning of Shabbat 

Be able to experience an actual Shabbat and to relate to that experience as a potentially powerful ritual which can have meaning in the learner’s life.

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

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