The short film The 10th Man is about a small group of Jewish men trying to gather together a minyan (the minimum number of 10 men traditionally required for certain religious obligations) in a real, East End synagogue on the most holy day of the year – the start of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
As you watch this film, try to spot the different attitudes to Judaism represented. Be prepared to feedback your ideas to the whole class after watching.
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The connection between religion and identity can be very complex.
For some people, religion is a central part of who they are. For other people, religion is something they are given by their parents; they participate in family rituals but do not consider themselves religious. Some people do not inherit religion from their parents and so it is not a part of their identity at all whilst others may become religious as they get older.
Judaism is particularly interesting in terms of identity because whilst many Jewish people are very observant of Jewish laws and customs, others who are less observant still identify themselves as Jewish.
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Ask your family about their attitudes towards religion.