The messiah has arrived!  That’s what many Jews believed and preached in the mid seventeenth century with the rise of the charismatic mystic Shabtai Tzvi.   What combination of historical events contributed to his rise in popularity? How did Shabbetai Tzvi’s influence impact the Jewish community? Thought provoking discussion prompts and engaging activities such as writing interview questions for the leaders of medieval communities can be found in this resource. 

Lesson Attachments​

The learner will:

  1. understand the underlying reasons Shabtai Tzvi attracted so many followers 

  2. know the life story of Shabtai Tzvi and the ways in which the Jewish community responded to him

  3. be able to list some techniques they would use to determine whether someone’s claims are believable

Unpacked for Educators materials include:

  1. An educator’s guide that  contains many rich components. These are organized under the following titles: 

  • review (questions that relate to the video)

  • discussion

  • activities

  • reflection

  • further learning

  1. A video designed to spark interest in the topic.

  2. A lesson plan (link in the attachment above) that incorporates additional building blocks for the construction of an engaging and interactive lesson.

Student handouts, computer, projector

The website link includes a “further learning” section in the educator’s guide.

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