Golda Meir Visiting New Mother, 1954
Connection to the Parashat Shemot
In Parashat Shemot, the Torah details the beginnings of slavery, as well as Moses’ journey from “The Prince of Egypt” to the first person to communicate directly with God since his great-great grandfather Yaakov. At the start of the parasha (weekly Torah reading), we learn about the orders that the midwives received from Pharaoh to drown Jewish boys at birth. The midwives refused to obey and instead claimed that the Jewish mothers had all already given birth by the time they arrived.
This photograph can be used in Sociology lessons to discuss the emergence of the welfare system and the importance of providing financial support for new mothers.
Jewish Studies teachers can use this resource when teaching Parashat Shemot to discuss the topic of slavery and the harsh decree to kill all the baby boys born in Egypt.
This resource can also be used to discuss the value of family in Jewish tradition.
Pick a famous Jewish child in the Torah and create an online social media profile.
Use an online tool such as Fakebook, complete the information and create a page with posts and comments.