These sheets represent some of the Sefaria Learning Team's favorite classics on topics that are core to the High Holiday experience. Learn more about a favorite ritual, discover new ones, or find a great activity for kids or families.
It's that time in the Jewish calendar again when many are thinking about repentance. So what does Judaism have to say about the topic? This sheet provides an introduction to teshuvah (repentance) with a passage from the medieval Torah scholar and philosopher, Rambam (Maimonides).
This is a Rosh Hashanah activity geared towards elementary students. It can be adapted for more advanced students by adding additional sources.
Students understand the concept of symbolic foods and can give examples of traditional Rosh Hashanah foods.
Students are able to express their own wishes for a new year through writing a food related blessing.
On Rosh Hashanah, we celebrate the beginning of the New Year. "Beginnings" aren't reserved for the High Holidays, though. They are ubiquitous throughout the year and Jewish tradition features an array of beginnings. Judaism's texts on "Beginnings" remind us that there is always something for us to begin anew.
A lesson plan for middle school/high school students about teshuva.
-Everyone has made mistakes, has hurt others, has regrets.
-The Ten Days of Repentance are dedicated to repairing the
damage caused by our actions.
-The Yom Kippur liturgy models the process of asking for
forgiveness within a community of people in the same
To accommodate time constraints and a variety of ages and backgrounds, the lesson was written in a way that teachers can pick and choose among the texts and videos presented. The lesson can also span more than one class session.
A host of biblical heroes make an appearance on the High Holidays in order to accompany us on our spiritual journey. Who are they? What is their connection to the High Holidays? What are their stories and messages? On this sheet, we introduce you to several of the people that you will meet on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The Rosh Hashanah liturgy was written to help us get into the spirit of the day. In this scavenger hunt, we travel through the Rosh Hashanah Machzor (prayer book) discovering the original sources of the text in order to understand the message of the day.
We are both individuals with needs and wants and part of a greater whole with obligations and responsibilities. Sometimes these are complementary, and sometimes they are in conflict. Using this classic story, we will examine this relationship.