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Vehi She’amda – God’s promise to Abraham

Abstract

This passage of Vehi She’amda in the Passover haggadah incorporates both danger and redemption – twin themes that run through the history of the Jews across generations. What helped the Jews throughout history to cope with such situations? How might the promise referred to in Vehi She’amda impact the ways in which Jews respond to persecution? Learners will study this passage in the haggadah and discuss other situations throughout Jewish history when a hostile nation has caused Jews harm. Finally, students are directed to research and record how their own ancestors and communities have coped with hardships and anti-semtism.

The learners will:

  1. understand why remembering our national past is relevant to navigating our national present and future

  2. know how Vehi She’amda reflects a pattern that runs throughout Jewish history

  3. be able to interview a relative or community member and write a passage linking their own family or community histories to Vehi She’amda

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