- Everyone sees and understands the world through his or her own perspective.
- Most of our students have already or will soon see the movie Avatar.
- As teachers we have an obligation to be familiar with the culture within which our students live.
- As Jews we have a Jewish lens with which to understand the world.
Questions to guide your thinking:
- What did you see in the movie that appeared to you to reflect Jewish thought or wisdom?
- What did you see in the movie that seems to contradict Jewish thought or wisdom?
- The Talmud says the following: "We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are." How does this statement relate to your ideas about Avatar? (Note: I've seen this quotation many times (even here!), but don't have a proper source. Perhaps a reader can help me.)
- There is a website, Jewish Wisdom Quotes, that lists dozens of sayings with Jewish origins that you are welcome to visit. Choose a topic that interests you from their list of possibilities, and explain how it applies in your life.
- You may want to encourage your students to choose a wisdom quote each week and find examples in the news of its application in the world
- When this idea of using a Jewish lens to see the world is learned, you can challenge your learners to apply Jewish wisdom to any and all issues that arise in class.
- A personal note: I love reading comics. Most days I can find a comic strip that either reflects or contradicts Jewish thinking. Suggest this to your students.