Secret Seders during the Spanish Inquisition

By: Mrs. Susan Schwartz
from Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy

Category:
Interdisciplinary Integration

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, Halacha, History, Ivrit, World Language

Pedagogy:
Blended Learning, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
7-12

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

Taking advantage of the learning about Pesach throughout the school, I invite my students to travel back in time when Jews risked their lives to fulfill the mitzvah of having a Seder (among other holidays) during the Spanish Inquisition. My Spanish classes apply relevant Spanish vocabulary and grammar that they currently learning to the mock seder scenarios I create for them in a dark, candle lit room with the windows blocked and rotating students on guard for any visitors.