Being a Religious Zionist

עשרת ימי תשובה
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Written by:
Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
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ברכה ראשונה


My favorite thing to do in Israel is… (or: What I love most about Israel is…)

Being a religious zionist means that I… 

What did we hear? 

Something you heard that you agree with… 

Something you heard that you disagree with...

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

Avodah in 2s. Individuals and then sharing. 

Where does Israel fit in my own identity as an Oveid Hashem?

Place the following items in order of what you view as most to least important to your own identity as an Oveid Hashem.

Engaging in regular Torah study

Engaging in acts of chessed 

Expressing my connection to the people and land of Israel 

Sharing Jewish values with the world

Building and strengthening my Jewish community

Aspiring to make aliyah / living in Israel

Engaging in careful and passionate observance of mitzvot 

Share your list with your chavruta and briefly explain why you chose what you did. Focus on where you put the two Israel related statements in your list. Why do you think you placed them where you did? 

To what extent do your own priorities as they relate to your own identity impact the messages you try to convey to your students? Should they be playing more of a role? Less of a role?

Together: What did we learn?

What makes us a more or less Zionist school? Should it play a more or less prominent role than it already does?

ברכה אחרונה

What did we learn? How did dibbur yashir change the nature of our sharing? 

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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