Home / Whole School Purim 6: The Illuminated Megillah
Grades: 6-7 The Whole-School Holiday lessons make up a spiral curriculum, in which each lesson focuses on a different aspect of Jewish holiday, value, or key subject. With some exceptions, Whole School Holiday lessons are built around a matrix that allows students to have an unique experience each year.
- Grade 1–2: Purim Symbols
- Grade 2–3: The Purim Story
- Grade 3–4: The Purim Project
- Grade 4–5: Purim Mitzvot and Blessings
- Grade 5–6: Purim Food
- Grade 6–7: The Illuminated Megillah
- Grade 7–8: Our Purim Problem
Illuminated manuscripts are a major form of art in Judaism. While limited, for the most part, to two kinds of documents, ketubot (wedding contracts) and megillot (scrolls of Esther), here graphic art embellished the primary Jewish art form, the word. In this lesson we will be understanding how the unique nature of the Megillah, as a book without God’s name and as a farce, lends itself to illustration. And we will look at how art expands our understanding of the Megillah.