This lesson will introduce the concept of tikkun olam to the students and teach of its importance. It will show them that everyone has the ability to do tikkun olam, and that it can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
One 45-60 minute class period
The learner will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the pasuk in Tosefta Berakhot 4:1 "One should only use one’s face, hands, and feet to honor one’s creator."
- identify ways different skills can be used to help others.
- demonstrate an understanding of the concept of tikkun olam.
- brainstorm ways to help others.
The students will take part in an activity that will benefit others.
Gather the students around the poster. Point out to the students that the people are doing all different kinds of activities, and that every person has certain skills, interests and abilities.
Ask the students to name an interest, skill or talent they possess (for example: playing an instrument, drawing, playing sports).Write their responses on the board. Tell the students that everyone has time, talent and treasure that they can give. Giving those things to make the world a better place is called philanthropy.
Write the following pasuk on the board: "One should only use one’s face, hands, and feet to honor one’s creator." (Tosefta Berakhot 4:1)
For example: 1. "Play the violin" - Play the violin for people in the hospital to cheer them up. 2. "Baking" – Bake cookies and bring them to someone who is homebound, or organize a bake sale to raise money for tzedakah. 3. Sports – Play sports with a child with disabilities, or with someone you know who might be lonely. Teach someone to play a sport.
Assessment will be based upon the students’ participation in class—their questions, answers and ideas.
Student should look for opportunities to helpful at home. Families will write a note to the teacher explaining how the child was helpful.
The students will participate in an act of chesed—kindness, as part of the process of tikkun olam.
Lesson Developed By:Shira Hammerman
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