Land of Milk and Honey


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

Whether it is switching out bread for matzah on Pesach, eating jelly filled donuts on Chanukah, or hamantaschen on Purim, most, if not all, Jewish holidays are paired with a food related tradition or even commandment. What foods do we associate with our Jewish identity and/or family traditions? What role does food play in creating community and forging identity? In this lesson, learners will examine Israeli food advertisements from the past 100 years and discuss how food advertisements have changed over the years. Suggested activities include creating a contemporary ad for one of the foods highlighted in the primary sources, comparing two Israeli foods from different time periods and analyzing how those changes reflect shifts in Israeli society, and creating a class cookbook featuring several of the foods from the advertisements.

The learner will:

  1. understand the ways in which food, family culinary traditions, and recipes are important
  2. know how food is an expression of Israeli and Jewish culture

be able to explain why aparticular recipe is close to their hearts and how it connects to a family tradition and/or Jewish identity.

About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:


  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.
  4. The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

    Link to the lesson plan:
    Land of Milk and Honey

Student handouts, computer, projector

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