Learning About the Jewish Holidays

Learning About Jewish Holidays - Parenting Like Hannah
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I have grown to love the Jewish holidays over the last few years. My husband and I were teaching a class of boys in Sunday School who were famous for being “a handful”. I was trying to find material that was challenging, but would keep them active and fed. Learning about the Jewish holidays turned out to be the perfect topic.

As I studied the holidays to prepare my lessons, I became enthralled. I had no idea the Jewish holidays were often looking for the Messiah as part of their celebration. Many of the holidays aligned with events in the New Testament in ways I found amazing. The more I studied, the more I appreciated how intricate and detailed God’s plan was from the very beginning.

The boys in our class loved the lessons. Many of the holidays are very active and have lots of great crafts, food and music to use. Several years later, the boys will still bring up something from that quarter. They may not remember all of the details we taught them, but I hope the pleasant memories associated with those lessons will encourage them to study the holidays again on their own.

If you would like some ideas on how to introduce the various feasts and holidays to your child, click on the tab to the side of the blog “additional resources”. I have posted lesson plans you can use at home or church for several of the Jewish holidays mentioned in the Bible. The resources are free and easy to download to your computer. Feel free to comment if you have found other fun activities to add to mine. I would love to share them with other readers.

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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