Shevach- Wow

Prepare My Prayer, 50-53
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לימוד ועבודה פנימית

(20 minutes)

Introduction: The third core component of תפילה is שבח, praise. We praise something or someone when we notice something remarkable. Imagine times when you’ve watched or noticed something and said to yourself- “Wow!” or “That’s incredible!” or “That’s amazing!”. On the most fundamental level, saying שבח requires us to pay more careful attention to the things around us and interactions we have on a daily basis. If we slowed down to really think about our experience each day we are likely to find endless things that are truly incredible and deserve שבח

The facilitator can model שבח by highlighting a few examples themselves and asking the group to respond “Wow!” together. Or, they can ask students to look around at the other people in the room and say שבח about someone. When shared, everyone should respond (“Wow”!). [Think carefully about whether this would add or detract from the group’s dynamic.]

Individual Avodah (students are highly encouraged to write)

Option #1- Go outside

Option #2- Play back your day from the moment you woke up until now. 

Spend two minutes paying attention to all of the incredible parts of life and our world that you usually don’t notice. After two minutes make a list of what you observed/thought about. 

Discussion in chavrutot of 2 or 3

Chavrutot should share with each other some of the things they noticed by saying: “I thought about/noticed X… It’s incredible that….” 

They should discuss together and/or in the full group:

  • Why do you think it’s hard to really react with שבח to all of the amazing things that our part of each of our daily lives?
  • What do you think you could gain by expressing more שבח in your life?
  • What could you do to enable that?

ברכה אחרונה

(20 minutes)

Every day in תפילה we start פסוקי דזמרה praising Hashem for all the wonderous parts of creation. ברוך ש.. Blessed is He who.. (spoke and the world came to be etc.). To conclude today, we will say our own group ברוך שאמר. Each person will select one part of the world that they realized deserves their praise today. We will go around and each person will say: “ברוך ש.. (fill in your item) ברוך הוא”. After each person shares, everyone else should respond “Wow!”. (Or you could choose other words like “Incredible!”, “Amazing!” or “Unbelievable!). 

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
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