Shabbat is being in the present


What do Shabbat and the practice of mindfulness have in common? In this resource, learners will explore an integral connection between the Jewish day of rest and what it means to live in the present moment.  In addition to reading and discussing a variety of  contemporary Jewish writings about the modern relevance of Shabbat, students will be guided, through journal writing, to monitor his/her experiences with living digital-free time.  In addition, a choice of videos which address our “plugged in” generation provides a stimulating hook for this lesson.

The learner will:

  1. Understand the relevance of Shabbat to our contemporary lives as well as the potential benefits of observing Shabbat for the individual

  2. Know what some contemporary Jewish thinkers appreciate about Shabbat

  3. Be able to monitor, document and share with others the extent of the one’s digital dependence and one’s experiences with creating digital-free time

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

Student handouts, computer, projector

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