Class Summary – Juniors 11/13/2011

Written by EvaRCohen on Jan 05, 2012 in Cultural School, Juniors Class

At the November session of the Jewish Cultural School, the Juniors’ class continued with their biblical survey, returning to the Exodus story and then moving forward with their Torah study. Students performed another read-through of a play (introduced at the October session) that tells the story of Moses and Exodus, and then engaged in a lively discussion of the story. The class debated who they considered to be the heroes of the Exodus narrative, talked about what it would feel like to be a slave, and brainstormed other struggles for freedom where people have or could have used the words “Let my people go!” as a rallying cry. Then students continued with their Torah learning by reading a summary of how the biblical account progresses after the Jewish people cross the Red Sea, ending with the description of Moses’s receipt of the Ten Commandments on top of Mount Sinai. After a short break, the class returned to read and debate the validity of these Ten Commandments for Humanistic Jews/people in general. Students then had the opportunity to write their own lists of ten commandments/rules for all people to live by and share them with the group. To close the day, we discussed how the Torah actually contains more specific rules of behavior beyond the Ten Commandments, many of which are included in Leviticus/Vayikra, the third book of the Torah. Students split into teams and played a trivia game, answering trivia questions about these rules/mitzvot.

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