Haggadah Shel Pesach: The Fifth Son


Students delve into their Jewish identity and their relationship to the land of Israel through the study of the Haggadah.

This lesson is based on a lecture by the British Chief Rabbi, Dr. Jonathan Sacks. While the discussion centers mainly on whether Jews should drink four or five cups of wine on Seder night, the purpose of the lesson is to discuss Jewish identity and our relationship with the land of Israel.

This lesson is designed for more advanced students (grades 9-12), but it can also be taught to beginners, with some basic knowledge of the Haggadah shel Pesach.

The main texts appear in English as a benefit for those teachers who do not have a Hebrew enabled computer, however, all the texts appear in Hebrew for teachers who wish to utilize them in place or in addition to the translations (see appendix).

A complete lesson plan loaded with discussion questions and text study.



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