What did the first Shabbat on earth look like?  The seventh day, as the end of the creation story in Genesis describes it, is first described to us as God resting.  This resource explores the texts of Genesis chapters 1 and 2, and features questions like: What exactly does “rest” mean? Why was it necessary for God to rest? The Torah text serves as a gateway for the students to reflect on and share their own ideas of what it means to rest through association exercises utilizing photos and mind mapping as well as role playing.  This resource includes additional enhancement through stories such as A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner and The Gift.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how resting is a Jewish value

  2. Know how the creation story in the opening of Genesis is the basis for the classical understanding of “rest.”

  3. Be able to articulate and share with others what rest means to him/her and to be able to appreciate the Jewish definition of rest.

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 related to JEBD materials and related links

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