CHARACTER TRAITS ( If you are caught looking at other websites, your laptop will be taken from you and you will have to do the work as homework)
You can present your work as the following: Slides, Kahoot Game, Jeopardy, Video, Rap. If there is an additional way you would like to present your work please see me. Except for the Torah Verses, there is NO copy or pasting) You must incorporate the essential questions into your presentations.
We may invite Parents and Teachers to Participate
- Choose a character from the Tanach: Due end of class today, Monday January 6: 5 points
Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Noach, Shem, Aberaham, Eliezer lot, Isac, Jacob, Yishmael, Eisav, Sara, Rebeca, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Joseph, Efraim and Menashe, Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Tziporah, Joshua, Nachshon Ben Aminadav, Btzalel, Pinchas, Joshua, Samuel, Hannah, Eliyahu, David, Solomon, Devorah, Samson, Esther, Mordechai, Ruth, Jonah (you may also choose a different one not listed)
- Due end of class, Friday, January 10: 20 Points
Read and summarize the actions of your character. You must include at least 3 examples. You need to share which Parsha/Parshiyot, Perek/Chapter and Pasuk/Verse the examples came from. YOU MUST INCLUDE BOTH THE HEBREW AND ENGLISH VERSES (PESUKIM)
For example: Rebecca was kind. She brought water for Eliezer and the camels. Parshat Lech-Lcha, Perek 4 Pasuk 13
- Due, end of class, Wednesday, January 15: 20 Points
Based on your examples choose which character traits your character models and why
Link Jewish values
- Due end of class Friday, January 17: 10 points
Based on the Values you have chosen, how can they be relevant at OJCS and in your personal lives. Provide examples how these values can be used.
- Due Friday January 24: Create a 10 minute activity for your classmates (For ex: Role-play, create a video…). 20 Points. (Please send by the end of class)
- Due Tuesday January 28: Presentations must be sent to me by the end of the class period: 30 Points
- Presentations begin Wednesday, January 29: 100 points: I must receive all presentations by January 29.
- What does Tanach have to say to me and my world?
- How can Tanach study help me in my everyday life?
- What does it mean to be part of the story of Tanach and the Jewish people
- How can I play an active role in the story of Tanach?
EVIDENCE OF UNDERSTANDING
- Students will identify a quality of a Tanach Ancestor’s that they could emulate in the world today.
- Students will demonstrate through their presentation how they can help others.
THIS IS 50% OF YOUR GRADE FOR THIS TERM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP, I AM AVAILABLE DURING RECESS, LUNCH, EARLY MORNING AND AFTER SCHOOL.
- PRESENT THE ORDER OF YOUR 20 MITZVOT
- EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE THE TOP 5 AS THE MOST IMPORTANT
- RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING: שו”ת רדב”ז חלק ד’ סימן יג אלף פז
- Reuven was imprisoned in jail and was unable to get
out in order to daven in a minyan or perform mitzvot. He pleaded
before the officer … who was unwilling to make any allowances
other than to allow him one day of the year of his choice to be
able to get a furlough from the prison. May the guide please
teach me which day of all the days of the year should Reuven
choose in order to be able to leave jail to go to the synagogue?
- Essentially, as the Radvaz explained, the Torah goes out of its way to show that all mitzvot are significant. We cannot treat one mitzva as being more important than another. We shouldn’t choose favorites, as they are all favorites. Explain your answer to question 4.
- Using Sefaria explain the following 2 Mitzvot and if you feel it contradicts question 4 דברים פרק ה פסוק טז and דברים פרק כב פסוק ז Use commentary like Rashi to explain the 2 Mitzvot
- Define מצווה please explain the שורש
- Why do you think we are told to perform Mitzvot?
- Just as looking at each mitzvah independently shows us how important each one is, the same idea emerges when we look at all the mitzvot together. Hashem commanded us to do many mitzvot. What do you think that means about each one? Think about the following examples and decide if you think all mitzvot play a unique role within the whole large system of Torah. The Torah makes it clear that the system of mitzvot is perfect and that we shouldn’t add or subtract from it.
- Is the number of mitzvot in the Torah random? Use Sefaria to help with your answer. תלמוד בבלי מסכת מכות דף כג עמוד ב- כד עמוד א
11. In order to fulfill the entire Torah from A-Z we need the entire Jewish people. Each Jew has his or her own unique role to play in the fulfillment of the Torah. To keep all the mitzvot means to have the entire Jewish people observing Hashem’s Torah and mitzvot. In a way, each Jew is like another mitzva. Just like each mitzva represents another part of the body, so too each Jew represents another limb. Together, a full body is formed. The mitzvot were given to the Jewish people as a whole. The more unified we are, the more our individual fulfillment of mitzvot can be viewed as one big body, our whole people, keeping all the mitzvot together.
What do you think is the message that Hashem is sending us about the Torah?
Each student had to write why or why not they thought Mitzvot were important and if any Mitzvah is greater than any other Mitzvah. Their responses were as good as if I was visiting a Rabbinical School in Israel. Almost every student expressed that Mitzvot create a personal relationship and should be relevant to the person performing Mitzvot. Recognizing there are Mitzvot we understand and don’t understand, the students were able to comprehend Miztvot is a mechanism to become closer to God.