Saturday, 15 December 2012

The Nativity

Learn RE through Arts, it is very interesting!
The Nativity (the birth of Jesus) has inspired many artistic representations and I would to share with you one example, this "masterpiece" called Mystic Nativity. I was made by Sandro Botticelli. You can learn more about it here. And If you have a chance, please visit National Gallery in your holiday, it is an amazing place, not far from us, it is in central London AND it is free! More details here
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Sunday, 9 December 2012

What is the importance of Christmas for Christians?

What do we learn from the story of Christmas? It goes beyond the presents and party time. Read and find out more about the story and its meaning here.
Get extra information about Christmas and worksheets here. And Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

To ponder...

What do you think is important: Playing football? Making friends? Getting good grades in RE? Learning about things? Being successful? Getting rich? Becoming famous? Helping others? Doing the right thing?
Your values are whatever interests you and whatever you think is important. The subject of values has concern Philosophers since Philosophy began. As result, Philosophers have spent much time and effort describing values and explaining why they are important in our lives. This branch of Philosophy is called Ethics and you learn about Ethics in our RE lessons. The idea of Justice, the idea of fairness, what is right varies from person to person (is subjective). It changes in time and in cultures. Try to think about the principles of retribution, punishment and forgiveness in the application of Justice.

Social Justice in Hanukkah:

Hanukkah takes its name of ‘dedication’ from the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple after their battle against King Antiochus. Hanukkah asks us to rededicate ourselves not only to our Judaism, but to the values we place at the center of our faith, a time when we rededicate ourselves to the work of tikkun olam, repair of the world.

As the Maccabees had the courage to stand up for their beliefs, Hanukkah encourages us to speak out about our values. In turn, not only do we rekindle our personal commitments to social justice, but we also teach others, take action and advocate for the repair of the world. This guide will focus on four issues connected with Hanukkah: the environment, economic justice, children’s issues (including child slavery, child poverty and bullying) and religious liberty.  As Jews worked to keep the light in the Temple burning from generation to generation, we should work towards creating a just society that will endure from generation to generation – a society in which all of its members live in a dignified way, which preserves the environment and our natural resources, which protects and nurtures our children, and which continues to be a beacon of religious freedom.

As we increase the lights of Hanukkah, adding a candle each night, so too might we, by our actions, bring new light to the world: light to those living in poverty, light for our fragile ecosystems, light for all of our children and the light of religious liberty". (adapted from Union for Reform Judaism text)

Hanukkah story, Hanukkah Festival & Social Justice

Revise the Hanukkah story connected to the topic Justice here. Think about the ideas of Justice, how Jews managed to get Justice done, what would you do if you were there?
Watch the video about Hanukkah story here. More information about Hanukkah and Jewish Festivals here. Most Jews celebrate the day eating sweets called sufganiot (these ones are from Israel).
Have a happy Hanukkah!