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Jewish Values in Exodus Journal: If I Could Ask Miriam
Through the dramatic stories of the Book of Exodus, students explore Jewish values that can guide us in our lives today.
From the courage of the midwives as they save the Israelite babies, to Moses standing up for justice, to Miriam’s thankfulness at the Sea of Reeds, we can learn something new about how to apply Jewish values to our own everyday challenges.
Jewish Values in Genesis spoke about the connections between Jewish values and how they could be applied to our relationships with friends and family. Here, Jewish Values in Exodus takes that a step further, and uses the biblical stories to help students make connections between Jewish values and their role in the larger community.
1 How Do I Find Courage? The Midwives in Egypt
2 What Makes a Good Leader? Moses at the Burning Bush
3 How Can I Fight for Justice? Moses Confronts Pharaoh
4 What Am I Thankful For? Song of the Sea
5 To What Am I Committed? Receiving the Torah
Brit: Covenant and Commitment
6 How Can I Learn to Forgive? The Golden Calf
7 What Can I Give? Building the Tabernacle
Bringing Torah into My Life: My Community Project
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rachael Gelfman Schultz is a writer, teacher, and the co-author of Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values. She holds a B.A. in religion from Harvard University, and an M.A. in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Journal format: Like Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values, this student journal features writing prompts, hands-on activities, discussion questions, and a light, accessible design.
- Bible story retellings: Creative, varied retellings of biblical stories encourage students to connect through art, drama, journaling, games, midrash, and more
- Active questioning: Students are actively encouraged to ask their own questions throughout.
- Internal and relationship focus: The first half of the book focuses on values relating to the self (who am I and what is important to me) and the second half on values that are expressed in our close relationships
- PBL project: students will choose one person from the Bible or Jewish history, come up with a Big Question relating this person to a Jewish value, and craft a project to learn and present their answers to the question.
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