Passion. Grief. Loyalty. Despair. Courage. Compassion. These primal emotions are the subject of The
Five Megillot and Jonah. How do these feelings fit into our relationship with God? What do these texts
teach us about our relationships with one another?
Rabbinics: Life Cycle
When does the Jewish life cycle begin? Does it ever end? Why does Elijah the Prophet get a chair at a
Brit and only a cup of wine at the Seder? How has Jewish life in America shaped the concept of Bar
Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah? Is it possible to have a Jewish wedding without a rabbi? Explore Jewish law,
lore, and custom related to life cycle events.
History: History of Modern Israel*
From the British White Paper of 1939, which withdrew promises made in the Balfour Declaration, to
independence on May 14, 1948, what events led to the rebirth of the State of Israel? How has Israel faced
unceasing threats to its existence from the War of Liberation to the Second Intifada? During Israel's first
65 years, how has Israel met political, economic and social challenges from within? (First of two
semesters. Continued in Grade 12.)
Siddur: High Holidays*
The liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur centers on three themes: sovereignty, memory, and
redemption. Why are they connected with one another? How are repentance and forgiveness related to
these themes? What does the sovereignty of God mean to us? What is the purpose of sounding the
shofar? Why have a holiday for God to judge us once a year? Why do we repeat the litany of sins over and
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