For the Body or the Soul: Possible Reasons for Keeping Kosher


“Pure”?  “Impure”?  What meaning do these words have when it comes to the food we eat?  What kind of impact do the Kashrut laws have on our bodies or on our souls? In this lesson, learners will study four perspectives on the physical and spiritual benefits of eating Kosher. All four of these perspectives embody the notion of “you are what you eat.”, and can be explored further through the included scientific and historical video. To bring the lesson home, students  can debate  the pros and cons of each of the perspectives and create visuals to illustrate their positions.

The learner will:

  1. Understand how the laws of kashrut promote a more mindful way to live and eat

  2. know that some of the different approaches to the reasons for the laws of Kashrut

be able to summarize and create a diagram outlining the lessons’s four different perspectives on Kashrut

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

Student handout, projector

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