The Gift of Mincha: Drawing From the Text, Building a Siddur

By: Dr. Hillel Broder, Mr. David Friedman, Mr. David Wander
from SAR High School

Category:
Interdisciplinary Integration

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, Gemara, Halacha, Literature/ English, Mishnah, Tanach

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, Constructivist, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
12

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Middle school, High school

This course addresses the driving question: “How might we improve our school's daily mincha experience through creating an originally drawn, translated, and annotated school siddur?” In this project-driven, team-taught, and inter-disciplinary senior Art/Judaics course, students respond to a very familiar text--the mincha siddur--through contemplative, artistic, and written avenues. Through studying the text in both a critical and soulful manner, and by creating and crafting their own translations, illuminations, commentaries, and illustrations, students are in the process of jointly building a siddur that will be used as the school community's daily mincha text.

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