Select from options
Introduction: Over the past few months we have learned about each other and strengthened our sense of appreciation for our group. Today, we will try to take our connection a bit further by working on talking to each other מלב אל לב- sharing heartfelt, personal appreciation.
Option #1- מוסיף והולך
Chanukah background- בית הלל says that the reason we light one candle on the first night and add one additional candle as the nights go is because we want to “מוסיף והולך” - add on, strengthen and “raise the volume” of our experience as we go. We will explore our core strengths, what we have to contribute (to our families, communities or the world) and what amplifying and furthering those strengths could look like.
Split into groups of 3 and follow the script below, giving each person the opportunity to play each role.
Person #1 - Responds to the question: What is my אור קטן? What is one of my inner lights- positive traits that make me unique?
Person #2- Reflect back to person #1 what they said and check with them that they restated it properly.
Person #3- Look at person #1, call them by name and suggest to them what their “אור קטן” could look like if they are מוסיף והולך- nurture it, take it further and strengthen it. What would they be able to do? What type of person could they be?
[If you want you can challenge students to categorize the level of extension they are providing each other by choosing a night of chanukah. In other words: I’m giving you a “night 2” extension or a “night 5” or “8”]
Person #1- Thanks #3 and can ask for a different number if they want. (time allowing)
Option #2- הלל והודאה
The gemara explains that חז”ל established the days of Chanukah as ימים טובים בהלל והודאה. What is the difference between הלל and הודאה? Rav Dov explains that:
Divide students into pairs:
Ask each student to give הלל והודאה about their partner.
Bring the group back together and What did we learn from this activity? How did it feel to share? To listen to what others said to you? What feels different when we directly share something positive about ourselves? About others?