Judaic Studies 6th-8th Grade

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Judaic Studies 6th-8th Grade 2017-05-30T17:29:38+00:00

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Chumash

The goal of the Middle School Chumash curriculum at Seattle Hebrew Academy is to inspire a love of Torah and impart the skills needed to become an independent learner. Students are encouraged to make connections between the Torah and their lives and to internalize the Torah’s values and stories.

Students develop their skills both in class and in regular small group work in chavruta, partner learning, or as individuals. Class discussions and diverse assessments provide students with the opportunity to process their learning and share their understanding with their peers, teachers, and parents.

There is an emphasis placed on helping students acquire the ability to analyze the text in the original Hebrew and identify the presenting issues in the text through a close reading. Our curriculum seeks to help students develop a sense of confidence and ability in reading and understanding the Chumash and encourages students to ask questions about the text and to seek answers in the text and in traditional Jewish commentaries. Students learn how to identify key words and phrases and to identify patterns in the text. Time is devoted regularly to the reading and analysis of Rashi’s commentary.

6th Grade Chumash Content

  • The second half t of the Book of Shemot/Exodus
  • The Book of Bemidbar/ Numbers

7th Grade Chumash

  • The Book of Devarim/ Deuteronomy

8th Grade Chumash

  • The Book of Vayikra

Navi

The goal of the Middle School Navi curriculum in Seattle Hebrew Academy is to inspire a connection to the Prophetic books of the Tanach and help our students identify with the major personalities and events of early Jewish history. Students are encouraged to identify major themes and parallels to other stories in Torah and develop their understanding of plot and development.

As students study Navi there is an emphasis placed on understanding the significance of leadership and national concerns of the Jewish People.

Students develop their skills through regular small group work in chavruta, partner learning, or as individuals. Class discussions and diverse assessments provide students with the opportunity to process their learning and share their understanding with their peers, teachers, and parents.

There is an emphasis placed on helping students acquire the ability to analyze the text in the original Hebrew. Our curriculum seeks to help students develop a sense of confidence and ability in reading and understanding the Navi and encourages students to ask questions about the text and to seek answers in the text and in traditional Jewish commentaries. Students learn how to identify key words and phrases and to identify patterns in the text.

6th Grade Navi Content

  • The Book of Shmuel I

7th Grade Navi Content

  • The Book of Shmuel II

8th Grade Navi Content

  • The Book of Melachim

Gemara

The Mishnah and Talmud curriculum at Seattle Hebrew Academy is designed to allow students to gain knowledge and skills. The curriculum begins with a heavy emphasis on Mishnah in Sixth Grade where students learn how to break down and analyze the various opinions in the Mishnah as well as explore the connection between the rulings of the Mishnah and the texts from the Torah from which they are derived. This approach also allows students to cover a large sampling of different areas of Halachah dealt with in the Mishnah.

In Seventh Grade students begin to study Talmud formally. They learn how to navigate the page of the Talmud, begin to build their Aramaic vocabulary and begin to become familiar with Talmudic rhetoric. There is an emphasis placed on learning how to follow the give and take of the Talmudic discussion and identify the questions and answers.

In Eighth Grade students continue to deepen their understanding of Talmudic logic and practice charting out the Talmudic discussion. There is an emphasis placed on understanding the stylistic functions of key words and phrases in order to follow the Talmudic discussion. Additionally, students are exposed to the questions and answers of the Talmudic commentaries and various practical Halachic decisions based on the Talmud.

6th Grade Mishnah Content

  • Bava Kama and Bava Metzia: Selections

7th Grade Talmud Content

  • Masechet Brachot: Selections

8th Grade Talmud Content

  • Masechet Pesachim: Selections

Jewish Law/ Halachah/Dinim

The Halachah curriculum at Seattle Hebrew Academy encourages students to see Halachah as a framework to create an ongoing and all-encompassing relationship with God. In each unit of study an emphasis is placed on knowledge and understanding of the particulars of the Halachah as well as how the Halachah helps to foster a connection with God.

Students engage in studying the sources of the Halachah and gain a basic understanding of the process through which it developed. Students use class discussion, small group work, and diverse assessment tools to explore the sources and express their understanding. Where it is possible students are encouraged to engage in the study of Halachah in a ‘hands on’ fashion by demonstrating the application of Halachah in everyday life.

6th Gade Halachah Content

  • Prayer
  • Shabbat
  • Holidays

7th Grade Halachah Content

  • Shabbat
  • Proper Speech / Lashon Harah
  • Parental Honor
  • Holidays