Tzedakah: Share Your Bread
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Tzedakah: Share Your Bread

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This lesson comes from a unit called "Tzedakah: How Can We Help?" on, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement.

This unit s overview:
"Using traditional Jewish texts as a basis, students will learn about the concept of Tzedakah (charity).Through three different lessons, the students will receive a solid foundation and understanding that there is more to this mitzvah than putting coins into a box.The students (while quite young) will have the opportunity to better understand where the money that is collected goes by making that decision as a class. Students will also take the lessons they learned from the classroom and spread them throughout the school. There will be a link between classroom lessons, actions, and experiences to emphasize the importance of the mitzvah of Tzedakah."

The other lessons in this unit include:
The Bare Necessities
Meal Math

This lesson is based on the statement from Prophet Isaiah: “Share your bread with the hungry and bring the poor that are cast out into your home. When you see the naked clothe them.” (Isaiah 58:7)"

The purpose of this lesson stated on the site is:
"This lesson will help students learn the importance of helping people in need, and teach them to take an active role in helping others. It will allow the students to be aware of what kind of items and quality of items should be donated, how to communicate an idea to others by visual means, and how to speak in front of others."


"The learner will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the pasuk in Isaiah 58:7. 
  • indicate knowledge of the kinds and quality of items that can be donated. 
  • participate in the decision-making process of how to collect and where to store donated items. 
  • take an active role in organizing and running the drive. 
  • communicate to others the importance of participating in the drive. 
  • influence others to donate to the drive through writing or speech. 
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TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah* Leslie KimmelmanPaul MeiselLittle Red Hen must make matzah for Passover. She asks her friends for help planting grains. “Sorry, bub,” neighs Horse. “Think again,” barks Dog. Of course, the Little Red Hen does it all herself. A classic tale gets a Jewish twist in this hilarious story.
Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale* Daniel J. SwartzMelissa IwaiBim, a builder, and her brother Bom, a baker, work hard all week, and then spend every Friday doing good deeds, mitzvot. At sundown, they joyfully meet to celebrate Shabbat together.
The Brother's Promise Frances HarberThor WickstromA retelling of the old Talmudic story about brothers caring for each other. Yankel and Josef, brothers and equal heirs to Chayim's prosperous farm, encounter their first harsh season in which the farm doesn't produce any food. Remembering their father's final words to help one another, the brothers secretly bring food to each other.
* PJ library Books
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