Using the ימים נוראים tefillah of אוחילה לקל, this limmud helps participants learn how to help others express what they are thinking and feeling in deeper and more meaningful ways. Participants consider the challenge of articulating what is in our hearts and the role that ה’ and others can play in helping them.
Option #2 (may be better for older students, more closely connected to the text)
I shall await the LORD, I shall entreat his favor,
I shall ask Him to grant my tongue eloquence…
In the midst of the congregated nation I shall sing of His strength;
I shall burst out in joyous melodies for his works.
The thoughts in man's heart are his to arrange,
but the tongue's eloquence comes from the Lord.
Hashem, open my lips, so that my mouth may declare Your praise
אוֹחִֽילָה לָקל. אֲחַלֶּה פָנָיו.
אֶשְׁאֲלָה מִמֶּנּוּ מַעֲנֵה לָשׁוֹן:
אֲשֶׁר בִּקְהַל עָם אָשִֽׁירָה עֻזּוֹ.
אַבִּֽיעָה רְנָנוֹת בְּעַד מִפְעָלָיו:
לְאָדָם מַעַרְכֵי לֵב.
וּמֵה' מַעֲנֵה לָשׁוֹן:
ה', שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח. וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶֽךָ:
Questions for Reflection and/or Discussion:
Explain: Soon we will beginning פרנסות, an important part of our Lev Hashavua experience. During פרנסות, part of our job is simply to listen to the פרנסית and hear what she has to share. Sometimes, we will have an opportunity to respond and ask questions. In those moments, we have the opportunity to be like Hashem and help the other person better express and understand their thoughts and feelings.