This lesson emphasizes the importance of "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha – Love Your Friend as Yourself." Students will learn the importance of helping others and will have the opportunity to have firsthand experience in this aspect of tikkun olam.
One 60 minute class period
The learner will:
- learn a song that teaches the meaning of the verse "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha" (Leviticus 19:18).
- identify ways that one can help a friend, both in and out of the classroom.
Students will be encouraged to participate in acts of kindness in and out of the classroom.
Play or sing song "Don’t Walk in Front of Me, I May Not Follow" (See Attachment One). Teach students the words and sing together.
- Explain that "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha" means to "Love Your Friend Like Yourself," and that this is an important lesson in Judaism.
- Ask students what they think this means. Brainstorm ways in which the class helps their classmates and list their responses on the board.
- Ask students why they think it is important to help others. Emphasize that adults and children need help sometimes. Share an experience when you appreciated the help of others and let them share their experiences. Emphasize how good it feels to help others.
- Tell students that you will act out scenarios in which you need help, and you need volunteers to offer to help you. Act out role-play scenarios (see Attachment Two) and have one or two students assist in each.
- Instruct students to look through magazines and cut out pictures of people helping others and being good friends. Glue their pictures on construction paper.
- Have students write or dictate an explanation of their pictures, depending on the grade level.
Students will be assessed based on their responses and participation during discussions and how closely their choice of pictures reflects class discussion.
Instruct students to teach the song to a sibling or family member and choose a helpful act to do at home.
Keep track of acts of kindness in the classroom by making a path of footprints to recognize good deeds. Allow students to be on the lookout for kind acts that their classmates do and have them report such acts to you.
Lesson Developed By:Shira Hammerman
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead
Just walk beside me and be my friend
And together we will walk in the way of Hashem.
Vi'ahavta Lirei'acha Komacha (Love your friends like you love yourself.)
Zeh Klal Gado Batorah (This is an important rule in the Torah.)
Vi'ahavta Lirei'acha Komacha
Zeh Klal Gadol Batorah
Link to Web Site With Tune:
Hold bags of items and try to open the door.
Drop items on floor and scramble to pick them up.
Pretend to be lost in classroom.
Pretend to hurt your finger.
Pretend to look for a lost item.
Begin putting away materials and sweeping the floor.
Slip to the ground.
Pretend to call a student for homework help.
Invite a student to come play.
10. Ask a student to share something with you.
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