The Reign Of King David
Group Size: 10-50
Estimated Time: 45 minutes
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To learn the story of David’s conquest of
To discuss the importance of having a capital city
War, good or bad?
a cup (or any object really- and if you want to you can make some sort of
a blindfold or two (optional)
To learn the story of David’s conquest you will be doing the unthinkable, playing snatch the cup. After the game try to have a sicha on the last two points listed on the objective list. See below for the Snatch the Cup story (no just listing random numbers here) and the discussion questions. Oh, and it’s "capture
Story for Snatch the Cup/ Capture
(numbers will be in capitals so you don’t miss them also, the story will only have numbers one through five, if you have more than ten kids in a group just add in extra numbers as they are needed, last but not least remind the kids who are number two that they should not go if the word to or too is said only if the number two is used)
ONEce upon a time there was a King named David. David was the King of the Jewish nation. About FIVE years into David’s rule he decided that he needed a capital city to rule from. He finally narrowed it down to THREE options: Tzfat,
In under ONE hour David managed to round up all the blind and lame Jebusites. David and his men then went on to conquer
To this day
Discussion Points/ Conclusion
David ruled from 1010-970 BCE.
Why is it important to have a capital city? (both then and now)
A meeting place (the Beit Hamikdash was later located there)and gathering place (think The 3 Regalim)
A place of commerce (markets, the stock exchange)
A place of politics ( The Knesset, the San Hedrin)
A cultural center (theaters)
David had to use war to capture
Is war good or bad? Can it be both? (back up you answers)
With the older grades discuss the concept of Milchemet mitzvah and reshut, which was David fighting?
when a king wants to conquer foreign lands
who must go
everyone: women, grooms, brides, someone who just built a house, or planted an orchard (these people would not fight in a milchemet reshut)
permission must be received by the Sanhedrin prior to conquest
war must be by order of HSHEM
spoils cannot be taken
everyone: men, women, children and animals must be killed
(If this Sicha is being done with Zach and is going well ask them this final question) What kind of war is going on in
Suitable for Shabbat