Tuesday, December 08, 2009
My newest integration presentation is available at www.slideshare.net/artikw. The presentation is called Judaism and Greek culture and is about a synagogue that used pagan elements in its zodiac mosaic floor design. I first talk about the beauty of Greek architecture, and the Greeks' obsession with harmony, balance and symmetry. The discussion will hopefully be deepened by the fact that our students learn geometry in the ninth grade. The idea is to show how Greek culture contributed so much to the world, not only in the area of aesthetics and math, but also in other fields as well. The discussion of the shul, however, is to show that we have to draw the line (get it? geometry?) between Judaism and the secular world, as our Hellenized forebears sometimes failed to do altogether or failed to do properly. I want the students to see that we are in danger of becoming too "Hellenized."