You will understand that...
Jews build community through holiday observance and ritual celebrations.
Jewish life is best lived in community.
The Jewish holidays teach us to appreciate the many cycles of renewal and rebirth.
What do you think?
What are some of the important lessons from these Jewish holidays?
How does the idea that Jews everywhere celebrate these same holidays connect me to the Jewish community?
I can match the Shabbat symbols and ritual items with their proper Hebrew names
Click on each holiday symbol below to learn more about it. You may think you know what it is called but see if you can use the correct Hebrew name.
צְדָקָהצְדָקָה (Tzedakah) is about making sure that all of the world's resources (food, water, clothing, education, shelter, etc.) are shared justly. Starting a weekly tzedakah practice as part of your Shabbat routine is a wonderful way for families to reinforce this very special Jewish value.
נֵרוֹתOn Shabbat and holiday evenings we light two נֵרוֹת (nerot) candles. These remind us to both remember and observe these special days.
כּוֹס יַיִןOn Shabbat and holidays we drink a כּוֹס יַיִן (kos yayin) a cup of wine or grape juice with the special blessing “borei pri hagafen.” Wine and grape juice are a symbol of joy and celebration.
Create an illustrated dictionary with each Shabbat symbol and its Hebrew name.
I can describe details of the story of Shabbat
Shabbat is the seventh day of the Creation of the world. After making light and darkness; waters below and heavens above; land and oceans; sun, moon and stars; birds and fish; animals and people - God saw all that God had created and said that it was "good." Then God rested from all of God's work and gave us the gift of Shabbat so we could rest from our work as well.
Click to download and print our Creation Cards. Just cut them out, mix them up, and see if you can put the days of Creation in the right order.
Click here to take our Creation Quiz!
Create a cartoon or storyboard telling the story of the Yamim Noraim
I can use appropriate greetings for Shabbat
There are two great greetings for Shabbat. One is in Hebrew and the other is in Yiddish. (Yes, you're going to learn a little Yiddish today.) Can you tell which is which?
Have a peaceful Shabbat
Have a good Shabbat
Create Shabbat-o-grams using the appropriate greetings to share with your family and friends.
I can recite t'fillot that are said on Shabbat
There are beautiful t'fillot (prayers) that are said especially on Shabbat. Some of the most beautiful come from Kabbalat Shabbat, the Friday evening service that welcomes Shabbat. Here are a few of them. See if you can sing along.
Can you sing along to Romemu?
Can you sing along to Tzaddik Katamar?
Can you sing along to L'cha Dodi?
Create a video tutorial teaching one of the t'fillot you have learned.
I can explain the meaning of "mitzvah" as "commandment" and "minhag" as "custom"
A מִצְוָה (mitzvah) is a commandment. It's something we're all supposed to do. A מִנְהָג (minhag) is a custom. It's something that many people have done for a long time and has become an important part of their lives. Every holiday has both מִצְווֹת (mitzvot - commandments) and מִנְהָגִים (minhagim - customs).
Create a Shabbat "Mitzvah" and "Minhag" poster explaining each and showing examples.
I can identify details in the Shabbat story that lead to the practice of specific Jewish values
Middot are Jewish values. A value is a belief or behavior that we all believe is important. Some Jewish values are kindness, bravery and love. You can find a list of many more middot below. Now that you really know what Shabbat is all about, what middot do we practice on this day? You can print out our list of middot (plural of middah), cut each middah out and create a poster for each holiday celebrating its values.
Write and put on a play telling the story of Shabbat and highlighting the values.