The 4th Grade Students at the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor conducted a trial of the biblical figure Jacob asking whether he acted ethically when he tricked his father Isaac in attaining the birthright. Playing Rebecca, Esau, Isaac, and Jacob, the witnesses answered questions from the student lawyers in Hebrew without notes. In addition to developing a deep understanding of the biblical narrative, the students utilized 4th grade academic skills such as referring to detail in the text when supporting an argument and understanding that some questions have more than one answer.
Click here to read an article that appeared in the Washtenaw Jewish News: Jacob's Trial
Click below to see a video of the trial.