Introduction: So far, we have focused on one of three core components of תפילה, the בקשה. Today we will focus on a second component, הודאה. Gratitude, הודאה, is similar to בקשה in that it is always directed to somebody. I say Thank YOU because I recognize that there is something unique that you have done for me that deserves my direct thanks.
(An interesting but perhaps ambitious start could be to go around and have everyone in the group say “Thank You” a few times. You could do this by just having everyone say it or in the ping-pong type way that was suggested with “Please” at the end of the last לב השבוע.)
Individual Avodah (students are highly encouraged to write)
1) Take two minutes to make a list of as many things as possible that you are thankful for.
2) Read the list out loud to yourself, saying “Thank you for…” before each item.
3) Read the list out loud to yourself a second time, saying “Thank you ____ (insert who you are thankful to) for…” before each item.
Discussion in chavrutot of 2 or 3
Each chavruta should choose 2-3 of the things they are thankful for and share with their chavruta using the formulation above. You should expand a little on the item you originally listed, explaining in more detail what you are thankful for.
The group should discuss what they learned about each other and themselves from the responses. They should consider what, if anything, changed for them as they moved from making the list to reading the list to specifying who they are thanking.
Raise the following two questions. Either you can have open sharing or require each student to share their response to one or both of the questions: