Going Up? A Chanukah Lesson


This Chanukah lesson, intended for middle school students, can be adapted for a variety of ages and abilities. The lesson can also be used in the context of learning about מחלוקת לשם שמים - arguments for the sake of heaven.

Essential Questions:

 - What lessons can we learn from the approaches of Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai?

 - How does the Talmud handle disagreement between two major schools of thought?

Learning Outcomes:

 -Learners will explain the approaches of Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai to lighting Chanukah lights.

 - Learners will be able to point to features of a healthy disagreement in the Talmud text.

 - Learners will teach others how to light Chanukah lights.


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Area of Work

  • FE - Family Engagement
  • DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • T - Teens

Resource Type

  • Lesson
  • Online Activity
  • Text Study

Resource Topic

  • Holidays (Chagim)
  • Jewish Tradition
  • Supportive Conversations


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