Torah Study: Tikkun Leil Shavuot – The Jewish Value of Learning


A major event of Shavuot is learning Torah. In fact, the value of learning Torah is so central to Judaism that parents are commanded to teach their children Torah when they are at home, when they are on the go, as they fall asleep and as they wake up! Why is Torah study so important in Jewish tradition? What does it mean to form a relationship with Torah study? Learners will analyze the famous Torah text referred to above, and discuss what specific messages are being conveyed. In addition to thought provoking questions around this text, students will “get into the Shavuot spirit” by researching a Torah passage that interests them and share why they find it meaningful (See attachment below).

The learner will:

  1. Understand why Torah study is essential for the jewish people

  2. know the verses from Deutoronomy that record that obligations of parents to teach their children Torah and the parameters of this commandment

  3. be able to share a passage or story from the Torah that they find meaningful and explain why

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

A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

Student handout

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