Banim Atem

פרשת ראה
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Written by:
Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
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ברכה ראשונה

  1. What is one image that tells the story of your summer (or at least tells us a lot about your summer)
  2. The first day + (so far) of school has been like…

So what is Lev Hashavuah

  • On a technical level, Lev Hashavuah will be taking place every Friday during first period this year. So we’ll be meeting as a group at this time every week. 
  • But what are we doing in Lev Hashavuah? While in most classes our emphasis is usually on the intellect (of course, we may work on our לב at other times as well), during Lev Hashavuah we focus a little more on the לב. So this is the time of the week that we create a little bit of a  different environment based on what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re still going to learn Torah, but it will look and feel a little different than the way we learn in most classes. We’ll also practice listening carefully–to our classmates, to ourselves and to the Torah we’ll learn together. 
  • We’ll come back to this idea of what is Lev Hashavuah and why we do it over the course of the year. 
  • Any questions about Lev Hashavuah? (let your students know that you may answer some of their questions now and you may hold on to some of them for later but you’ll come back to them–assuming they’re appropriate and relevant). 


לימוד ועבודה פנימית

פרשת ראה (עלייה רביעית) - ספר דברים פרק יד

יד,א בָּנִים אַתֶּם, לַה' אֱלֹקיכֶם:  לֹא תִתְגֹּדְדוּ, וְלֹא-תָשִׂימוּ קָרְחָה בֵּין עֵינֵיכֶם--לָמֵת.  יד,ב כִּי עַם קָדוֹשׁ אַתָּה, לַה' אֱלֹקיךָ; וּבְךָ בָּחַר ה, לִהְיוֹת לוֹ לְעַם סְגֻלָּה, מִכֹּל הָעַמִּים, אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה.

תלמוד בבלי מסכת קידושין דף לו עמוד א

"בנים אתם לה' אלקיכם" (דברים יד:א), 

בזמן שאתם נוהגים מנהג בנים - אתם קרוים בנים, 

אין אתם נוהגים מנהג בנים - אין אתם קרוים בנים, דברי ר' יהודה; 

רבי מאיר אומר: בין כך ובין כך אתם קרוים בנים...


  • Who is someone that, (pretty much) no matter what THEY do, your relationship with them won’t be broken / or who is someone that (pretty much) no matter what YOU do your relationship won’t be broken?
  • If you can’t think of an example in your own life, what’s an example of a relationship like this between any two people that you can think of?
  • Mah bo?, mah libo? (i.e. mah b’etzem bo?), mah li bo?, Mah bo li? (what would I say back to the text?)
  • Kriat HaTorah - what is the text calling to me?

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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