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What the Bible Says On Remembering the Exodus

Abstract

Jewish holidays commemorate on an annual basis the miraculous events like the victory of the Maccabees, the downfall of Haman, and the exodus from Egypt. Yet only the Exodus is recalled numerous times in our prayers on a daily basis. Why is that? Study of texts from the Book of Exodus and Deuteronomy launch this lesson in which learners explore the central role which the Exodus from Egypt plays in establishing foundational Jewish ethics and values.  Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and Shlock Rock’s Jewish version of that song are employed to spur the students to explore those events in general and Jewish history which they regard as having impacted who we are today.  A variety of collaborative activities such as creation of posters and digital communications are designed as consciousness-raising strategies to highlight the key values and ethics which emerge from the Exodus are featured in this resource.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how the Exodus narrative impacts their day to day lives as Jews and as human beings

  2. know the key Torah sources from which  key Jewish ethics are derived and what specifically those values and ethics are

  3. be able to compile a list of events in Jewish history that have contributed to who they are today 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 background for teacher section with valuable expansions on the featured source materials

  3. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  4. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  5. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

Student handouts, computer, projector, art materials

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