Ask each person to say their name. When they share their name, the rest of the group claps for them.
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.
If parnas takes the whole time - that is fine!
And likewise is a person obligated to send two portions of meat or two types of dishes or two types of food to his fellow, as it is stated (Esther 9:22) "and sending portions, one man to another"— two portions to one man. And anyone who increases sending to friends is praiseworthy. And if he has no [means to do this], he should trade with his fellow: This one sends his meal to that one and that one sends his meal to this one — in order to fulfill, "and sending portions, one man to another."
וְכֵן חַיָּב אָדָם לִשְׁלֹחַ שְׁתֵּי מְנוֹת בָּשָׂר אוֹ שְׁנֵי מִינֵי תַּבְשִׁיל אוֹ שְׁנֵי מִינֵי אֳכָלִין לַחֲבֵרוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (אסתר ט יט) "וּמִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ", שְׁתֵּי מָנוֹת לְאִישׁ אֶחָד. וְכָל הַמַּרְבֶּה לִשְׁלֹחַ לְרֵעִים מְשֻׁבָּח. וְאִם אֵין לוֹ מַחֲלִיף עִם חֲבֵרוֹ זֶה שׁוֹלֵחַ לְזֶה סְעֻדָּתוֹ וְזֶה שׁוֹלֵחַ לְזֶה סְעֻדָּתוֹ כְּדֵי לְקַיֵּם וּמִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ:
(you can also note, if it comes up, that the Rambam says:
מוּטָב לָאָדָם לְהַרְבּוֹת בְּמַתְּנוֹת אֶבְיוֹנִים מִלְּהַרְבּוֹת בִּסְעֻדָּתוֹ וּבְשִׁלּוּחַ מָנוֹת לְרֵעָיו. שֶׁאֵין שָׁם שִׂמְחָה גְּדוֹלָה וּמְפֹאָרָה אֶלָּא לְשַׂמֵּחַ לֵב עֲנִיִּים וִיתוֹמִים וְאַלְמָנוֹת וְגֵרִים.)
The idea of mishloach manot gives us the opportunity to think about why we give, and receive gifts.
Ask everyone to stand up. Think about a gift you would really like to receive today - from a friend, a teacher, a parent. Model this for students so they understand the gift does not have to be physical - ie, a compliment from person X, a smile, etc. Give students 3 minutes to walk around the room and ask as many people as possible the “gift” they would like to receive today.
Bring everyone back to the circle. Ask everyone to think about a specific gift they can give to someone today. Model it for students. If there is time, have students walk around the room again and ask each other. If there is not time, ask a few students to share - or have the sharing be the bracha achrona.
Choose any one of the following: