A Little Too At Home...
Group Size: 20-60
Estimated Time: 75 minutes
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The chanichim will recognize the powerful influence the culture we live in has on our lives, and on our values.
Videotapes of Honesdale kids and TVI kids being asked “ If you could meet anyone who has ever lived, who would it be?” and “ If you could choose to be someone else for a day, who would it be?”; questionnaires
1. Chanichim will be seated in Beit Knesset, split into groups with madrichim assigned to each group. A Madrich will introduce the video as a peek into modern American values, asking the chanichim to analyze what values underlie the answers that the people in the video give. What do the people interviewed reveal about what they think is important in life by the answers they give? How is this different from what we, as Jews, value?
2. After the video, chanichim will discuss these questions with the madrichim. What do they think about the values that these kids are expressing? Is it typical of an American teenager today? Is it good- is it in line with the Jewish way of thinking about values and about what’s important? Madrichim should finish the sicha by making the point that it’s such a tragedy that assimilated Jews have adapted these values in place of Jewish ones (chanichim will hopefully nod sympathetically, feeling how sad the lot of “those assimilated Jews” are…)
3. Show the second videotape, of these kids answering similar questions. After the video, before discussion, give them the questionnaire, comparing knowledge of secular subjects and Torah subjects.
4. After they fill out the questionnaire, discuss again in groups-- How different were the responses in the 2 videos? What values did our kids reflect? Were they the Torah values we had spoken of, or the secular values we saw in the first video? What about the questionnaire- were they more confident in the Torah section or the secular section? So- we spoke about those poor assimilated Jews, and how they’re sucked into secular culture. But we often think that we are totally immune. We don’t realize how affected we are by the culture we live in (one example that always come to mind- how different do we look from everyone else at
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