Abstract

How does Shabbat have a different “flavor” than any other day of the week?  A rabbinic story featuring Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi and his friend the Emperor Antoninus serves as the springboard for students to discuss how specific circumstances can change the way our senses perceive our surroundings.  Student reenactment of the story and creation of their own spice boxes serve to concretize how the atmosphere of a special day can transform our experiences.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how Shabbat can transform the way we experience everyday activities

  2. Know how our sages thought and wrote about the uniqueness of Shabbat

  3. Be able to generate a list of things that they would “flavor” Shabbat with (not literally spices)in order to create a special atmosphere, and creatively “put” these things into a Shabbat spice box.

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 for connecting to JEBD sites or related links

Art materials for creation of spice boxes; digital device for playing Kiddush video

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