Purim: Hidden Identities

Purim: Hidden Identities  Introduction One of the central ideas in the book of Esther is the concept of concealed identities. The Jews are spread out amongst the Persian Empire, Haman calls for their destruction, and little does he know that the queen herself...

Hanukkah and Soviet Jewry

Hanukkah and Soviet Jewry  Introduction Hanukkah is a time to celebrate miracles. Like the Jews in the days of the Maccabees, the Jews in the Soviet Union were also prohibited from studying Torah and practicing their Judaism.  In this lesson, we look at the...

Profiles on Courage Research Project

Profiles on Courage  Introduction Students will research different personalities from the Soviet Jewry movement. They will determine what motivated them, what happened to them during and after the movement ended.  Learning Objectives At the end of the...

Putting It into Action

Putting It Into Action Introduction The students who formed the organization The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry saw a problem:  people were being denied their basic human rights simply because they were Jews. They could have just thought, “those people are far...

Redeeming Captives Text Study

Redeeming Captives Text Study  Introduction It is an important mitzvah to redeem captives. Where does this law come from, when does it apply, and to what extent does one have to go in order to redeem captives? These ideas will be explored through the text...
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