February 6, 2016

Rabbi 101


February 6, 2016

Show . . . and Tell

 
Bringing tangible symbols into the classroom can often provide memorable metaphors for the students. For example, in this lesson you may wish to develop the theme of the perils of idolatry, or putting anything above God. To talk about it theoretically is good. To illustrate it with tangible symbols might prove to be more effective.
 
To do this, you could bring twenty-first-century “idols” to display as props. You could work your way down a long line of items (such as an iPod, a TV, a picture of an athlete, a plate of junk food, designer clothes, etc.) while engaging them in a conversation about how each one might be “worshipped” (i.e., placed above God), and how they could set healthy boundaries in their use.
 
When they encounter these common items during the week, they could then well remember the discussion in Sabbath School and be more cognizant of the temptation of worshipping the “idol.”