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Trees in the Torah + Creating Art
Sources and questions to get students making thoughtful art regarding lessons on trees
Jessica Tamar Deutsch2067 ViewsJan 30 2018Tu B'Shvat,Trees,Nature
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Bird Songs and Tree Music for Tu Bishvat and Shabbat Shirah
The new year of the trees, Tu Bishvat, typically occurs around the same time as Shabbat Shirah, when we read the Torah portion of Beshalach recounting the Israelites jubilant song after crossing the sea to freedom from Egyptian slavery. There is an old tradition to feed birds before Shabbat Shirah in acknowledgement of their song, which is said to have inspired this spontaneous singing on the shores of the Reed Sea. In this source sheet, we look at sources describing the songs of both trees and birds, searching for new ways to inspire our own music and prayer.
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The Power of the Earth Theme: Humility
Can being humble actually be a source of strength? What does it mean to be “like the earth?” How can I let go of needing the recognition of others, and if I support the advancement of others, can it lead to my own growth as well? What does it mean to bend?
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Responsibility to the Land: To Work It and To Keep It
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.
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Conservation Through Torah Text
This sheet was created for a peer-led Moishe House retreat that focused on the role of conservation in Judaism. This is part 2/2 of a weekend learning series.
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