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.
This Simhat Torah lesson is based on a folktale by David Einhorn. The core of the story is that the letters of a sefer Torah fly off a selfish town’s Torah and move to the blank scroll of a town that really acted out the Torah and took care of other people. The essence of this story is the idea that Torah is a way to live; its essence is about our behavior. Rather than seeing the Torah solely as a religious icon, we learn that it is supposed to have a impact on our ethics.
- Grade 1–2: Simhat Torah Symbols
- Grade 2–3: The Story of Simhat Torah
- Grade 3–4: The Flying Letters
- Grade 4–5: End & Beginning of The Torah
- Grade 5–6: How to Have an Aliyah to the Torah
- Grade 6–7: Dressing the Torah
- Grade 7–8: Why Two Torah Holidays