Ask each person to say their name. When they share their name, the rest of the group claps for them.
On a scale of 1-10 how present are you? How much are you here right now? 1=you may see me but my mind is in a totally different place, 10= I am completely with you, energized and fully locked in to whatever is happening here.
You can try: Now, get up and sit in the seat of someone whose number was lower than yours. Get up and sit in the seat of someone whose number was higher than yours.
סיפור שלי להיום:
In one or two sentences, what is your story for today? What’s going on for you today?
This can be done going around one by one or by breaking people into pairs.
After סיפור שלי להיום:
You can try: Does anyone have any follow up questions for anyone about their story?
Take 2-3 questions and let the person answer.
Or try: Get up and sit in the seat of someone’s story you related to. Ask one or two students to share why they related to this person.
Allow follow up questions to parnas/it
Here’s a script if its helpful - feel free to play around with it:
For the next few weeks of Vaad we are going to spend some time on parsha. We are going to pick an idea from the parsha and talk about how its relates to what’s going on in our lives right now. This is both an opportunity to get to know Torah better, and also to get to know ourselves better through learning Torah.
This week’s parsha is parshat תרומה. In it, Hashem commands Bnei Yisrael to build the mishkan.
וְעָ֥שׂוּ לִ֖י מִקְדָּ֑שׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּ֖י בְּתוֹכָֽם׃
Then we learn about a ton of details that went into the building of the mishkan.
I would try the limmud in chavruta (5 minutes), or you can do it as a whole class. (Chavruta sheet at end of doc - I will make copies for every other student and they will be available in the office).
Rabbi Tarfon says: Even God does not cause God's Presence to dwell upon Israel until they do the labor [of building the Mishkan], as it says, 'Build me a holy place and [then] I will dwell amongst them.
שמעיה אומר: שמעיה אומר - ׳אהוב את המלאכה׳ (אבות א:י) וכו׳. רבי טרפון אומר אף הקב״ה לא השרה שכינתו על ישראל עד שעשו את המלאכה, שנאמר ׳ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם׳
In the whole group - each person share one line their partner said that stood out for them.
Choose any one of the following: