Tefillat HaTzibur

Prepare My Prayer, 136-137
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Lifnai Vlifnim Staff
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ברכה ראשונה

(5 minutes)

Since the focus of the avodah is on building a sense of community through personal tefillot, it is recommended that you choose a mesirot/connection building activity. 

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

(20 minutes)

Introduction:

When we daven as a community we don’t only connect externally with each other as we say the same words. We have the opportunity to connect on a deeper level and transform our own tefillot by davening for others and having others daven for us. [Consider reading Rav Dov’s poem on pg. 136]

Activity:

Give out medium size post it notes and ask everyone to write down a bakasha of their own- what is something they want? Something they are davening for that day? [You can consider providing sentence starters like- I am davening for… My tefillah is…] 

Everyone should put their notes into a box and, after mixing them around, go around and have each person pull out one note. After pulling out the note they should, one at a time, recite the tefillah written on the note. [Note: It is okay if they get their own tefillah and should recite it anyway.]

Reflection questions to discuss in the whole group or with chavrutot: 

  1.  If we had to translate our individual tefillot into a tefillah for our group, what would the tefillah be?
  2. How did saying someone else’s tefillah impact you? 
  3. Did anyone hear or say someone else’s tefillah and it led to a realization that there’s something (similar or different)  you should be davening for as well?

ברכה אחרונה

(20 minutes)

Ask everyone or a few people to share the tefillah that they heard that they will include in their personal tefillah during the next davening time.

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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