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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Ideas for teaching liturgy

I realized during Rosh Hashana services last week that Aviad doesn't know half as much as I had assumed that he did about the structure of the Mahzor. The middle of the silent Amida wasn't a very helpful time to realize this, but I gave him a whispered overview of Malchuyot Zichronot and Shofarot before the repetition while resolving to do the job properly in the time remaining before his Bar Mitzvah.

So … I have been trying to think up a lesson plan, and had the idea of approaching it as a system of cycles, something like this:

I don't know if this approach would work for everybody, but I'm sure it would have worked for me when I was a kid, and I suspect it will work for Aviad too.

Are you prepared to take on any extra students? ;)  
If it goes well there will be a web page :)  
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