R.E. Home Learning

LI:To understand why prayer and worship is important to Jewish people.

What did you learn about Bar/Bat Mitzvahs? 

What age do they usually take place?

Today we will be looking at Jewish prayer. 

Look back over your notes from the last few R.E. lessons. Remind yourself of key vocabulary. 

Many Jewish people believe that praying allows them to create a more intimate relationship between them and God. 

The most important Jewish prayer is called The Shema.

The first paragraph of the Shema reminds Jews of the need to observe the commandments in everyday life.

It is the declaration of Judaism and declares that there is only one God. 

It also declares that people should love God and follow God’s commandments and those who will serve God will receive blessings. 

The Shema is said three times a day. 

The first two paragraphs of the Shema are written on the Mezuzah scroll.

The first sentence of the Shema is said whenever the Torah scroll is taken from the Ark in the Synagogue. 

Another prayer is the Amidah.

Amidah means ‘standing’ and the prayer should be said standing facing Jerusalem. 

Immediately before reciting the Amidah, it is traditional to take three steps backward and then forward again to symbolise entering God’s presence. 

Every Amidah is divided into three central sections; praise, petitions and thanks. T

The final section of the Amidah concludes with blessing and thanksgiving to God requesting him to grant peace, goodness, blessings and compassion upon everyone. 

Orthodox Jewish men always cover their heads by wearing a skullcap known in Hebrew as a kippah.

Most Jews will cover their heads when praying, attending the synagogue or at a religious event or festival.

Many Jews feel that by wearing a skullcap they are proudly announcing to the world that they are Jewish. This is classed as an ‘outward sign’ of their faith.

Activity: Using your notes, create 2 questions about the Kippah,5 questions about the Shema and 3 questions about the Amidah for your partner to answer. 

Example: What does the most important Jewish prayer talk about?

Extension: Design a Kippah using your knowledge of significant Jewish symbols. 

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