Fascism in Megillat Esther

By: Rabbi Dani Bauer
from Kohelet Yeshiva High School

Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking

Subject(s) of entry:

IBL - inquiry based learning, UBD - understanding by design, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
9th and 10th

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

This was a lesson where my history teacher colleague, Barry Kirzner, taught the basic ideas of fascism, and we compared Haman in Megillat Esther to that model. We spoke about the relevance of fascism and of the megillah in modern times and what they mean to us today.