Love Your Neighbor As Yourself (from Chidush)
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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself (from Chidush)

Tags: Kedoshim 
grades:  Middle School (6-8) 

Lesson Summary:

Through small and large guided discussions, students will explore the "golden rule" and sacred Jewish texts, learning how and why they should love their neighbor and treat them as they want to be treated.

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

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For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

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Consider pairing this lesson with "Rabbi Hillel’s Golden Rule" by "Miss" Emily Aronoff Teck. Ask students to sing the chorus while standing on one foot!

 Inspiration Text:
"What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary. Go and study it." (Talmud Shabbat 31a) 

A Rabbi named Hillel who was smart and kind
Gave us a rule to keep in our minds
This rule is so important, I want you to know
And think about it as you make choices today and as you grow


Treat other people how you want them to treat you
This rule is golden, this rule is true
Don t to do others something that would make you feel bad
Think about other’s feelings, no matter if you’re happy or mad

Sometimes it might happen, that someone is not nice to you
They take your turn or use their hands, you know what to do
Think of Rabbi Hillel and make a better choice
teach that person this lesson, just use your voice

Rabbi Hillel told us one more thing after he shared his rule
He said to go and study, so learn at home and school
Treat other people nicely, and study every day
You’ll grow up smart kind and happy, living in Hillel’s way  


literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
The Golden Rule Ilene CooperGabi SwiatkowskaGrandpa explains the golden rule to his grandson, which applies to all people, all places, and all religions.
One Love Cedella MarleyVanessa Brantley-NewtonAdapted from one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley's first child, and gorgeously illustrated by Vanessa Newton, this heartwarming picture book offers an upbeat testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.
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