Oil Lamp

“The Oil Lamp”

The aim of this inter-cultural educational programme is to let the children discover the meaning anduse of the common oil lamp in the three monotheistic religions, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Means – Stages

  1. Introduction
    Welcome to the Museum. Stickers with the children’s names.
  2. Can and can’t do
    What do you think we can do here today?
    What do you think we can’t do?
  3. Introduction to the premises
    Have you been to the Jewish Museum before? What did you see? What did you like? What do you think we are going to see today? Have you been to other museums? Which ones? What did you like? What didn’t you?
  4. Introduction to the subject
    Brainstorming of ideas about oil lamps.
    References to its use at home as well as in churches, synagogues, and mosques.
    Similarities and differences.
  5. Activities
    Investigation in the exhibition area.
    Spotting the oil-lamps and collecting information on their uses.
    In which circumstances are they used?
    Uses of the lamp at the synagogue, home, during the holidays, in rituals connected to the circle of life (death).
    Traditions and customs that accompany this use.Brief mention of the materials lamps are made of (in all three religions), decorative symbols and motifs.

    The children present the information they discovered on the use of oil lamps in the Jewish religion.
    Discussion on its use in Christianity and Islam.

    Creative activities 

    i. Play acting.
    Re-creation, by the children, of the lightning of the lamp during the Kabbalat Shabbath.

    ii. Decorating the oil lamp to celebrate the Yom Kippur (day of atonement). 
    Glass oil lamps, fresh flowers.
    The children are divided in two groups. Each group decorates their own lamp with fresh flowers.

  6. Evaluation
    What new thing did you learn at the Jewish Museum today?
    What would you like to see or do next time you’re here?