Being Forgiving to be forgiven

עשרת ימי תשובה
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Written by:
Rabbi Rick Schindelheim
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This avodah without text pushes learners to consider where they employ דין and רחמים in their own lives and how they can be more forgiving so that they merit רחמים from הקב”ה during the ימים נוראים. 

ברכה ראשונה

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  • You do not need to include ritualized or general berachot rishonot unless there are ones specifically connected to the limmud

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

  1. Where, in my life, do I need to forgive MYSELF more? To show greater  חסד or רחמים to myself? 
    1. What holds me back and makes it challenging for me to do so?
    2. Where, in my life, I am too forgiving? Where do I need more דין?
    3. What leads me to be overly forgiving? To give myself too much חסד or רחמים 
  2. Where, in my relationship with OTHERS can I be more forgiving? Show greater חסד or רחמים to them?
    1. What holds me back and makes it challenging for me to do so? 
    2. Where, in my relationship with OTHERS, am I too forgiving? 
    3. What leads me to be overly forgiving? To use too much חסד or רחמים?

ברכה אחרונה

  • Place your beracha achrona here
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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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