2 Unit(s), 12 Resource(s), 2 Teaching Tool(s)
Saying Sorry and Forgiving
A unit approaching Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur which focuses on saying sorry: the importance of saying sorry, the difficulty in saying sorry, and the command to forgive others.
Soul-Searching – Cheshbon Nefesh
A unit approaching Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur which focuses on the subject of cheshbon nefesh - examination of ourselves and, when necessary, our deeds and regret over them.
How Do We Say Sorry?
The poem describes a situation in which it is hard to say “I’m sorry”, and raises the question whether one needs to be explicit in saying sorry.
It’s Hard to Forgive
A selection from Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen”, which deals with the difficulty that forgiving sometimes poses for us.
Maimonides’ words deal with the command to forgive a person who has asked for forgiveness.
We will learn the Viduy prayer, in which we confess to our sins using the plural – together with Am Yisrael.
Asking for Forgiveness
A selection from the Mishnah which teaches the importance of asking forgiveness before Yom Kippur
The Thinker/ Rodin
Rodin’s famous sculpture depicts a person deep in thought. We connect between the sculpture and the process of cheshbon nefesh.
I Walk Down the Street
Portia Nelson’s poem encourages us to think about the things we do automatically, and which we should change and improve, in order to prevent repeating mistakes.
A Happy and Sweet Year – The Signs for Rosh Hashanah
We will learn the blessings said for the special foods (the simanim, or signs) eaten on Rosh Hashanah, and their meanings.
Can A Thief Change His Ways?
O. Henry’s story teaches that having undergone a process of cheshbon nefesh (soul-searching), regret and teshuva (repentance), even a criminal can become a good person.
Tashlich – An External Act Symbolizing an Internal Process
On the custom of Tashlich carried out on Rosh Hashana, in which we symbolically cast off our negative behaviors and actions.
The Shofar – An Alarm Clock
Following Maimonides’ words, we learn how the shofar awakens us to do cheshbon nefesh (soul-searching) and teshuva (repentance).
Blowing the Shofar
On the origins and meanings of the mitzva of hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.
Activity Cards: What do I feel about the year which has passed? What are my hopes for the coming year?