Living a Life of Sacrifice

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ברכה ראשונה

שמות ומחיית כפיים:

Ask each person to say their name. When they share their name, the rest of the group claps for them.

מספר נוכחות:

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.

פרנסות

  1. The parnas chooses one question from the questions below to talk about:
    • Describe a time during the week that you most enjoy
    • What is a show that you watch, enjoy watching
    • What type of music do you listen to? What do you like about it?
    • Tell a funny story from your childhood.
    • What is your earliest memory?
    • Something that people don’t know about me is…
    • What’s your full name and why are you called that?
    • Who in your family are you most similar to? Different from?
    • The last place you would find me is…
    • If you had a million dollars what would you do with it?
    • Who is a role model of yours? Someone you would like to be like?
    • My favorite time of the week is..
    • What’s your favorite chag / Jewish holiday? Why?
    • What does a typical Shabbat look like for you? A special one?
    • What’s a Torah idea/Torah teacher that you found particularly
      meaningful? Why?
    • Tell about a time when you felt a strong connection to Torah/the Jewish community.
    • What’s a part of tefillah that is meaningful to you and why?
    • Who is a Jewish role model for you? Why?
    • What is your favorite mitzvah and why?
  2. Share a dilemmaThe parnas shares a dilemma he/she has been faced with recently. It can be school-related, or not. 
  3. ReflectionAfter sharing of the dilemma - do two rounds of quick response (one sentence each from each person)
    1. What I heard X say is…
    2. What resonated with me is… 

If parnas takes the whole time - that is fine!

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

Activity: Vote with your feet: 

(5 minutes)

For each question (you can choose a few to put in each blank), ask students to go to one side of the room if they would answer “yes”, another if they would answer “no” and stay in the middle if they are unsure. 

If you were forced to choose, would you give up _____ for ________? 

Comfort 

Time 

Convenience

A million dollars

Health

Relationships/social status

Fun

Pride

Life

Helping others

Success

Avodat Hashem/ striving to keep halacha

Helping Am Yisrael / Preserving the Jewish people

Connection to Learning:

While the story of the megillah ends with the joyous שמחה and celebration of Purim, the road to that ending is filled with the courageous choices of Mordechai and Ester. They were willing to risk a lot in their quest to help the Jewish people. We will use this as an opportunity to think about what drives the sometimes difficult choices we make in our own lives and how those choices make us feel. 

The Jewish people are in dire danger. Haman’s decree has just been publicized and Mordechai sends a desperate message to Esther asking her to intervene. Esther responds:

“All the king’s courtiers and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any person, man or woman, enters the king’s presence in the inner court without having been summoned, there is but one law for him—that he be put to death. Only if the king extends the golden scepter to him may he live. Now I have not been summoned to visit the king for the last thirty days.”

When Mordecai was told what Esther had said,

Mordecai had this message delivered to Esther: “Do not imagine that you, of all the Jews, will escape with your life by being in the king’s palace.

On the contrary, if you keep silent in this crisis, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another quarter, while you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows, perhaps you have attained to royal position for just such a crisis.”

Then Esther sent back this answer to Mordecai:

“Go, assemble all the Jews who live in Shushan, and fast in my behalf; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens will observe the same fast. Then I shall go to the king, though it is contrary to the law; and if I am to perish, I shall perish!”

כׇּל־עַבְדֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ וְעַם־מְדִינוֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ יֹדְעִים אֲשֶׁר כׇּל־אִישׁ וְאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר יָבוֹא־אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל־הֶחָצֵר הַפְּנִימִית אֲשֶׁרלֹא־יִקָּרֵא אַחַת דָּתוֹ לְהָמִית לְבַד מֵאֲשֶׁר יוֹשִׁיט־לוֹ הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶת־שַׁרְבִיט הַזָּהָב וְחָיָה וַאֲנִי לֹא נִקְרֵאתִי לָבוֹא אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ זֶה שְׁלוֹשִׁים יוֹם׃

וַיַּגִּידוּ לְמׇרְדֳּכָי אֵת דִּבְרֵי אֶסְתֵּר׃ {פ}

וַיֹּאמֶר מׇרְדֳּכַי לְהָשִׁיב אֶל־אֶסְתֵּר אַל־תְּדַמִּי בְנַפְשֵׁךְ לְהִמָּלֵט בֵּית־הַמֶּלֶךְ מִכׇּל־הַיְּהוּדִים׃

כִּי אִם־הַחֲרֵשׁ תַּחֲרִישִׁי בָּעֵת הַזֹּאת רֶוַח וְהַצָּלָה יַעֲמוֹד לַיְּהוּדִים מִמָּקוֹם אַחֵר וְאַתְּ וּבֵית־אָבִיךְ תֹּאבֵדוּ וּמִי יוֹדֵעַ אִם־לְעֵת כָּזֹאת הִגַּעַתְּ לַמַּלְכוּת׃

וַתֹּאמֶר אֶסְתֵּר לְהָשִׁיב אֶל־מׇרְדֳּכָי׃

לֵךְ כְּנוֹס אֶת־כׇּל־הַיְּהוּדִים הַנִּמְצְאִים בְּשׁוּשָׁן וְצוּמוּ עָלַי וְאַל־תֹּאכְלוּ וְאַל־תִּשְׁתּוּ שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים לַיְלָה וָיוֹם גַּם־אֲנִי וְנַעֲרֹתַי אָצוּם כֵּן וּבְכֵן אָבוֹא אֶל־הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲשֶׁר לֹא־כַדָּת וְכַאֲשֶׁר אָבַדְתִּי אָבָדְתִּי׃

  • What was at stake? What was Ester giving up? (Why was she hesitant at first?)
  • Can you think of a time you made a decision that involved sacrifice?

In the whole group - have a few people share back what they spoke about.

ברכה אחרונה

  • Choose any one of the following:
  • What is your מספר נוכחות now?
  • What is one thing you learned about someone else today?
  • What is one thing you learned about yourself today?

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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