Finding Kedusha wherever you Stand

פרשת שמות
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Written by:
Rabbi Jay Goldmintz
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ברכה ראשונה

  • 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

In Shemot 3:5, Moshe comes across the burning bush and as he tries to get close to it, Hashem calls out and tells him to stop and to take of his shoes because

(ה) וַיֹּאמֶר אַל תִּקְרַב הֲלֹם שַׁל נְעָלֶיךָ מֵעַל רַגְלֶיךָ כִּי הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה עוֹמֵד עָלָיו אַדְמַת קֹדֶשׁ הוּא

Says Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, “[it is] ‘ground which has a holy destination,’ has been chosen by God, that from it the deliverance of manking shall go out, through the deliverance and choice of a People. Instead of trying to find out about he phenomenon that lies beyond an doutside  your sphere, understand the high destiny of the ground on which you already stand, and give yourself up entirely to that.” 

To which Rabbi Shmuel Goldin explains:

Kedushah, sanctity, is to be found wherever you stand, wherever you are. You and your people are about to become partners with me in the creation of holiness in this world. You will be challenged to “mekadesh Shem Shamayim,” to sanctify God’s Name in your everyday lives. The Divine Presence will be discovered not in a realm of mystery but in your daily activities and in your ongoing interactions with each other. Search for holiness, Moshe, “where you stand.”

  1. What (holiness) do you think Moshe was feeling on that spot, at that moment? After all, he had never encountered Hashem before.
  2. Find a manifestation of holiness right now, in this place, in this room. Share it with your partner.
  3. How can you establish a moment of holiness once you leave this room?

ברכה אחרונה

  • Place your beracha achrona here
  • You can have one or multiple suggestions

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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