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Shabbat Is The Heart of Jewish Life

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Would there be a Jewish people today without the age-old observance of Shabbat?  This question frames the heart of this resource, which explores the role that Shabbat has played throughout Jewish history, and its impact on maintaining Jewish identity for religious and secular Jews alike.  Through analysis of several modern Jewish writers such as Achad Ha’am and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks the learner explores the multi-faceted impact of Shabbat on the modern State of Israel, on Jewish identity and on family and community.  Student design of digital surveys, such as Google Forms and Survey Monkey, enables the learner to examine the variety of ways in which Shabbat impacts Jews today.

The learner will:

  1. Understand the powerful impact which Shabbat has had in maintaining Jewish identity and peoplehood 

  2. Know how modern Jewish thinkers, religious as well as secular, relate to the importance of Shabbat as an anchor of Jewish identity

  3. Be able to apply the writings of these modern thinkers to the learner’s own life and to describe how Shabbat can play a role in the learner’s  personal life and immediate community.

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

Digital devices for suggested video selections, Google Forms and Survey Monkey activities

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