Names of Hashem

Prepare My Prayer, 16-18
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Lifnai Vlifnim Staff
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ברכה ראשונה

(5 minutes)

Select from any or a number of the different name based activities below:

  1. Go around and ask each person to say their name. After they say their name everyone in the group should clap for them.
  2. Ask one student to turn to someone else in the group and say their name. That person should look at the person who called them and say that person’s name. They should then turn to another person in the group and say their name… Continue this process until everyone has been “named”.
  3. Ask students to share their full hebrew name and why they were given that name.
  4. [Everyone should do this one.] Ask students to share their nicknames and explain why and when people use one of them.

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

(20 minutes)

Introduction:

Ask students: What does it feel like when someone says our name? How could saying someone’s name impact the conversation you are having with them? [Some possible answers- makes you feel noticed, feels awkward because spotlight is on you, makes it clear the person is talking to you…]

“קרוב ה' לכל קוראיו לכל אשר יקראוהו באמת"

Hashem is near to all who call Him, to all who call Him with sincerity

If tefillah is fundamentally about our calling out and talking to Hashem, we need to think about the names that we use to call him and how they relate to what we are asking for. 

The siddur is filled with many names for Hashem. Open the siddur to any page. What are some of the different names we use to refer to Hashem? (Perhaps make a chart on the board.) What other names do we use that are not on our list? 

With either the whole group or in chavrutot, ask students to consider: What do these different names mean? What are they emphasizing about Hashem? 

Individual Avodah (students are highly encouraged to write)

  1. What is something that you want to daven for today? What is your bakasha?
  2. Reviewing the different names of Hashem, write a tefillah for yourself using the most appropriate name of Hashem. Say the tefillah now or at the next davening time.

ברכה אחרונה

(20 minutes)

Ask each student to share the name of Hashem they included in their tefillah. You can also ask them to say the meaning of the name they intended to use. They should not share their entire tefillah

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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