Bakasha #2

Prepare My Prayer, 155
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Lifnai Vlifnim Staff
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ברכה ראשונה

(5 minutes)
  • Suggested Berachot Rishonot that are specifically connected to the topic at hand
  • You do not need to include ritualized or general berachot rishonot unless there are ones specifically connected to the limmud

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

(20 minutes)

Introduction: Tefillah often seems long and wordy to us. Some of the most powerful תפילות, however, are the shortest. Moshe’s short tefillah on behalf of מרים in ספר במדבר serves as a paradigm for the most essential components of a בקשה/request. Moshe says:

קל נא רפא נא לה

What are the different components?

קל  To whom the בקשה is addressed - using one of G-d’s many names

נא  Please- a word of בקשה

רפא Heal - the content of the בקשה

נא  Please - a more powerful, deeper, more heartfelt repetition of the word of בקשה

לה Her- the subject of the request

Let’s try this structure in making simple requests of each other. Turn to the person sitting next to you and ask them for something. 

Example: 

Moshe, please, help with my math homework, please help me.

Individual Avodah

Consider any one of your בקשות from the last לב השבוע or think of something that’s on your mind this week. Choose one בקשה for yourself and one בקשה for someone else (family member, friend et.). Write out your two תפילות using the קל נא רפא נא לה formula:

Fill in for your בקשה:
קל Choose a name of G-d you want to use to address Him for this specific request 
נא Choose a word of בקשה like please, kindly etc.
רפא Write the content of the בקשה
נא Repeat the same word of בקשה from before
לה Specify who is the subject of the request (to/for me, friends’ name, parent’s name etc.) 

Discuss in pairs or groups of 3: 

  • What changes when you are pushed to use a particular structure to make your בקשה?
  • What change when you have to shorten the length of your בקשה?
  • Which part of the בקשה structure was easiest for you to fill in? Hardest?

ברכה אחרונה

(5 minutes)

Ask one representative from each group to share what the group discussed. 

Ask everyone to practice the structure of the בקשה without the content by turning to one other person in the circle and simply saying “Please, name of student, please.” That person should then choose a different person and continue until every student has been made a בקשה and had a בקשה made of them.

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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