Ok, so you didn’t pay attention in class and you’re now sitting in a JS exam with nothing to say for yourself – you’re an idiot. I shouldn’t but I’m going to help you because I’m in the business of helping idiots.
Here is a reliable method to help even the worst students get through a JS exam (I really hope I don’t regret sharing this with you)
Boys and girls, I give you (drumroll) … J-ROLL.
What is J-ROLL?
J-ROLL is an acronym and stands for the following:
J – Jewish Identity
R – Relationship with Hashem
O – Outlook on world events
L – Lifestyle
L – Life choices
How does it work?
I have identified these as being key areas that Jewish life relates to. Basically, take any topic and ask the following questions:
How does (insert topic here) affect a person’s Jewish identity?
How does (insert topic here) affect a person’s relationship with Hashem?
How does (insert topic here) affect a person’s outlook on world events?
How does (insert topic here) affect a person’s lifestyle?
How does (insert topic here) affect a person’s life choices that he/she makes?
I taught this to my year 10 class last week and challenged them to fire any topic at me. I then randomly applied the topic to one of the questions:
Wearing Tzitzit will strengthen a Jew’s identity, as he will have a constant recognisable reminder on his body about his religious practice.
Keeping Kosher will positively affect a Jew’s relationship with his creator as keeping Mitzvot are designed to bring someone closer to Hashem