There is more than one way to be motivated to understand and experience teshuvah.
QUESTIONS YOU WILL WANT YOUR STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER:
- At this time of year, why are we especially motivated in the direction of teshuvah?
- What prayers do you know of that help guide you on the path toward teshuvah?
- What are the triggers for your own teshuvah?
- How can you effectively focus on teshuvah?
LEARNING ACTIVITY:Leonard Cohen is currently in Israel, and is expected to perform this week in Ramat Gan for a sellout crowd. This is not his first trip to Israel - he performed there during the 1973 Yom Kippur War in support of Israeli troops. You can read a first-person account of this here
Because it is so moving, and because we are in the period of Asseret Y'mei Teshuvah, the Ten days of Teshuvah, I hope Cohen will play this song: Who By Fire, which is based on the well-known prayer "U'Netane Tokef", a prominent part of the service on Yom Kippur.
Compare the lyrics in Cohen's song with those of the original.
Cohen's lyrics are at this link
Here are the words to U'Netane Tokef, according to a translation at ou.org: