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Sacred Texts, Modern Questions
Sacred Texts, Modern Questions

Sacred Texts, Modern Questions

Connecting Ethics and History Through a Jewish Lens


168 Pages

EPUB, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: September 2013

ISBN 9780983787099

Rights: WOR

Facing History and Ourselves (Sep 2013)

Not yet published. Ships 9/10/2013.


Sacred Texts, Modern Questions: Connecting Ethics and History Through a Jewish Lens is a resource designed specifically for educators in a Jewish setting. This five unit collection of lessons explores sacred texts of the past and the questions that shape our present. It makes connections between instances of moral courage in Pharaoh's Egypt, struggles of conscience and faith in Hitler's Europe, and readings from today's influential thinkers. Our goal is to integrate original Facing History resources with biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary Jewish sources. With more than 30 readings, pages of full-color artwork, and a variety of classroom strategies, activities, and questions, Sacred Texts provides opportunities for teachers of both Judaic and general studies to integrate learning and encourages interdisciplinary conversations.


"Sacred Texts, Modern Questions embodies an exemplary selection of classic and modern Jewish texts supported by well-crafted lesson plans. The resource has catalyzed my day school students into passionate, text-based discussions of what Jewish tradition says about individual responsibility in responding to injustice. This process helped deepen and personalize their Jewish identities and connection to Jewish history." — Dr. Jack Lipinsky, Robbins Hebrew Academy, Toronto

"One of the challenges of Jewish education is making our tradition and practices relevant, engaging, and compelling to students. Facing History's latest resource, Sacred Texts, Modern Questions achieves this by helping students connect their Jewish tradition to their lives and their world." — Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School at Gann Academy, Waltham, MA

Author Biography

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make connections between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.