A lesson analysing the song "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" by Naomi Shemer based on Ofir Ben Yair’s article that appears on the NLI and Snunit website focusing on piyutim and prayers, The Secret of Many Voices: A Journey to the Heart of
Piyut and Prayer.
This is a lesson that can be used in a lesson prior to Tu B’Shvat. It can also be used as part of a unit on the environment or on the early pioneers in Israel.
The lesson guides the students through Jewish texts and resources from the National Library of Israel which discuss taking care of the land and preserving it for future generations. Guiding questions are provided to assist the students in analyzing the texts and resources.
At the end of the lesson, students have a choice of creative projects which allow them to implement what they have learned and design a poster.
Students read, in the original Hebrew or an English translation, an article from Ma’ariv concerning accommodations made for IDF soldiers during Chanukah. They then study foundational Jewish texts in order to discover the underlying principles.
Activity teaching the halachot surrounding the chanukya. Students look at various chanukiyot found in the National Library of Israel and study halachic texts pertaining to chanukiyot and see how the chanukiyot follow the halacha. Students create their own chanukiyot and upload the pictures to the sheet.
This is a lesson plan for teaching about the mitzvah of bedikat chametz. The lesson includes text study, analysis of primary sources from the National Library of Israel, and excerpt from an oral history, questions for connecting the material to the students and suggestions of creative activities.
This lesson explores the concept of moral courage through examining the story of the midwives in the book of Exodus and the lives of Holocaust rescuers. The lesson uses resources from the National Library of Israel and Centropa.
The textual sections can be adapted to suit the background of the students.
A lesson about Shavuot and its customs for students in middle school grades and up. The lesson includes primary sources from the National Library of Israel which relate to Shavuot customs and descriptions of how the customs were celebrated in Eastern Europe as recorded in Centropa oral histories.
At the end of the lesson, students have a choice of creative activities which connect the customs to their lives.
Teachers can assign the sheet to their students. To assign a sheet, select "Assignments" from the "File" menu and send the URL indicated to the students. When students click on the URL, a copy of the sheet is created for them which teachers can access in "Assignments". More information about the Assignment feature can be found at https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/57235?lang=bi
This lesson was written for middle school students but can be adapted for older and younger students.
Students will study texts from the Torah and Mishnah describing the Bikkurim ceremony and compare the description with an illustration from the 1700's. They will also view photographs of Shavuot celebrations on kibbutzim and in Tel Aviv in order to learn how Shavuot is celebrated in specific communities in Israel. The lesson concludes with a discussion about the agricultural and historical roots of the three pilgrimage festivals.
This sheet was written for students in grades 4-8 and can be adapted for both older and younger students.
The lesson can be used in class when teaching about Shavuot or the Ten Commandments or it can be used at a Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
Primary sources from the National Library of Israel are used as examples of rules written in the form of the Ten Commandments. After a discussion of the text and the primary sources, students suggest their own "ten commandments" for a topic of their choice.
This lesson utilizes resources from the National Library of Israel, classical Jewish texts, and current articles to discuss the idea of civil discourse and the Rabin assassination. It was written for a high school level but can be adapted to suit other age groups.
In this lesson students analyse photographs from the Dan Hadani Archive at the National Library of Israel depicting people choosing the components of the Arba Minim (Four Species) to be used on Sukkot. With the help of classical Jewish texts, students learn about the requirements of a kosher set and investigate the meaning and importance of the Arba Minim.
The lesson was written for students in grades 6-8 but can be adapted for other levels.
Students match verses from Tanakh to primary sources from the National Library of Israel and explain the connection.
Teachers can copy the sheet and assign it to their students.
To assign a sheet, select "Assignments" from the "File" menu and send the URL indicated to the students. When students click on the URL, a copy of the sheet is created for them which teachers can access in "Assignments". More information about the Assignment feature can be found at https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/57235?lang=bi