Our Works Can Be Divine (3 of 3)
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Our Works Can Be Divine (3 of 3)

grades:  Middle School (6-8) 

Lesson Summary:

The purpose of this lesson: 

It is obvious that our bodies require proper nutrition. It is less obvious that our souls and imaginations require sustenance as well. This lesson is intended as nutrition for the spirit. It is intended to demonstrate ways that people utilize their time, their talent and their treasure to improve the lives of others. These endeavors, often voluntary, are ones that fulfill the precept of loving one’s neighbor by providing for them what it is that we wish for ourselves.  

This lesson comes from a unit called "We Are Divine Creations"  on www.LearningToGive.org, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement.

This unit's purpose:

Our tradition of caring and sharing for one another has its roots in the creation of humanity b’tzelem elohim, (in the Divine image). That concept is explained in concrete terms by Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon) and helps form an ethical imperative that sanctifies our everyday behavior. This lesson enables the learners to develop an understanding of tolerance that is based in the universal concept that all of humanity shares a Divine origin.

Focus Question:
How we are to treat one another and why we are expected to do so?

The other lessons in this unit include:
You and Me and God Make Three!
The Work of our (Divine) Hands

republished with permission


  • describe the work of selected individuals in honoring the divinely-created humanity of others.
  • define the values inherent in the described efforts of identified people and organizations
  • detail and explain their personal commitment to support one of the programs.

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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Lesson from: learningtogive.org