Love Your Neighbors Like Yourself (Private-Religious)

K, 1, 2

This lesson emphasizes the importance of "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha – Love Your Friend as Yourself." Students will learn the importance of helping others and will have the opportunity to have firsthand experience in this aspect of tikkun olam.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne 60 minute class period

The learner will:

  • learn a song that teaches the meaning of the verse "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha" (Leviticus 19:18).
  • identify ways that one can help a friend, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Words to song "Don’t Walk in Front of Me, I May Not Follow" (see Attachment One)
  • Role-play scenarios (see Attachment Two)
  • Tape of song
  • Tape recorder
  • Magazines
  • Scissors, glue or glue stick, construction paper
Home Connection 

Instruct students to teach the song to a sibling or family member and choose a helpful act to do at home.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Play or sing song "Don’t Walk in Front of Me, I May Not Follow" (See Attachment One). Teach students the words and sing together.

  2. Explain that "V’ahavta Lereacha Kamocha" means to "Love Your Friend Like Yourself," and that this is an important lesson in Judaism.

    Ask students what they think this means. Brainstorm ways in which the class helps their classmates and list their responses on the board.

  3. Ask students why they think it is important to help others. Emphasize that adults and children need help sometimes. Share an experience when you appreciated the help of others and let them share their experiences. Emphasize how good it feels to help others.

  4. Tell students that you will act out scenarios in which you need help, and you need volunteers to offer to help you. Act out role-play scenarios (handout) and have one or two students assist in each.

  5. Instruct students to look through magazines and cut out pictures of people helping others and being good friends. Glue their pictures on construction paper.

    Have students write or dictate an explanation of their pictures, depending on the grade level.


Students will be assessed based on their responses and participation during discussions and how closely their choice of pictures reflects class discussion.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will be encouraged to participate in acts of kindness in and out of the classroom.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.5 Give examples of actions students can take to improve the common good and list or describe responsibilities that go with those actions.
      2. Benchmark E.7 Give classroom examples of when a student does not need the teacher's permission to act philanthropically.