Rejected

פרשת בראשית
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Written by:
Rabbi Yehuda Chanales
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Possible ברכה ראשונה

Think of a time when you tried to do something nice for someone else and it ended up being insulting (or, at least, they didn’t appreciate it). How did you feel? 

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

3 Now it came to pass at the end of days, that Cain brought of the fruit of the soil an offering to the Lord.

4 And Abel he too brought of the firstborn of his flocks and of their fattest, and the Lord turned to Abel and to his offering

5 But to Cain and to his offering He did not turn, and it annoyed Cain exceedingly, and his countenance fell.

ג וַיְהִ֖י מִקֵּ֣ץ יָמִ֑ים וַיָּבֵ֨א קַ֜יִן מִפְּרִ֧י הָֽאֲדָמָ֛ה מִנְחָ֖ה לַֽיהֹוָֽה:

ד וְהֶ֨בֶל הֵבִ֥יא גַם־ה֛וּא מִבְּכֹר֥וֹת צֹאנ֖וֹ וּמֵֽחֶלְבֵהֶ֑ן וַיִּ֣שַׁע יְהֹוָ֔ה אֶל־הֶ֖בֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתֽוֹ:

ה וְאֶל־קַ֥יִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָת֖וֹ לֹ֣א שָׁעָ֑ה וַיִּ֤חַר לְקַ֨יִן֙ מְאֹ֔ד וַיִּפְּל֖וּ פָּנָֽיו:

  1. “ויחר לקין מאוד ויפלו פניו”- If we were to ask קין to explain what he was feeling at this moment, what do you think he would say?
  2. What do you think ה’ hoped קין would do next?
  3. When have you felt rejected or not accepted even after taking the positive initiative to do something good?
  4. What could help you look at the experience as a learning opportunity instead of a failure? What would make it difficult for you to do so?

ברכה אחרונה

Ask for a few examples of students to share, based on their עבודה, what advice they would give קין as a friend in this situation.

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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