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Hang with the TEN!

Judaic Studies Curriculum - 2019/20

In addition to the holiday lessons and "Aleph Champ" karate style Hebrew reading program, our focus this year will be on an in depth study of the Ten Commandments, and how they have so many relatable day to day lessons for kids! 

  Lesson Map:

  • Intro to Aseret HaDibrot
    The Ten Commandments are more accurately described as categories of commandments rather than ten of the six hundred and thirteen commandments. The ten commandments fall into two categories: commandments that affect our relationship with G‑d, and commandments that affect our relationship with our friends. Each one is intended to strengthen and support the other so that we can make G‑d at home in our lives and reach our Divine potential.
    1. G‑d
    The concept of Emunah in G‑d is also not fully appreciated by its English translation (faith). Emunah can be translated as faithfulness – to the lessons we learn and the experiences we have in this world.  We must train ourselves to see the hand of G‑d in the world and its intricate workings. This will deepen our relationship with Him and foster even greater connection to Him. 
    2. "Idol" Worship
    Ancient and contemporary forms of idol worship get in the way of building a connection with G‑d. Anger is a form of idol worship as it demonstrates a lack of faith in the plan of G‑d for our lives.
    3. Swearing in G‑d's Name
    Using the name of G‑d in the proper context of Torah and prayer creates and preserves the reverence and awe in the relationship between man and G‑d. Being in awe of G‑d is an important balance to the love we learn about in the first commandment. Burying holy books that have G‑d's name in it preserve the dignity of G‑d's name. 
    4. Shabbat
    The Sabbath gives man the opportunity to recognize the bountiful blessings in his life and in particular to the blessings of the work of his hand. 
    5. Honoring Mom & Dad
    Respecting/honoring parents is placed in category of commandments that affect our relationship with G‑d because parents are partners with G‑d in the creation of the child. The extension of that: there is a Divine reason for each individual’s existence in this world. The individual has a G‑dly mission which no other can do. 
    6. Murder
    Man was created in the image of G‑d; this is one reason for the severity of the crime of murder (senseless killing). Torah mandates caution in the way we live to protect the preciousness of all life.
    Shaming someone is a subtle form of murder as it attempts to “kill” another’s self-worth and causes the blood to drain from the face akin to actual blood being spilled in the act of murder.
    7. Holiness
    Following the interpretation of the commandments being categories of Mitzvot, the literal meaning of this commandment, kidnapping, will be taken to include all forms of stealing. Many scenarios of stealing will be explored.
    8. Stealing
    Marriage gives the opportunity for bringing holiness and the Divine presence into one’s home. Nothing/no one should stand between the relationship of husband and wife. The Mitzvot and traditions of the Jewish marriage serve to strengthen the G‑dly bond between man and woman.
    9. Honesty (Do not bear false witness.)
    Faith in G‑d should prevent lapses in honesty and integrity with the realization that if all is the way it was intended to be by G‑d, there would be no reason to lie to try and manipulate and change the situation. 
    10. Jealousy
    Desiring that which someone else has is an indication of a lack of faith that everything G‑d does is precise and intentional. We are given everything we need in order to fulfill our mission in this world. We are so blessed!

“Educate a child according to his way, and even when he grows old, he will not depart from it“ – Proverbs 22:6