Dara:Why is there a tradition to ask others for forgiveness before Yom Kippur? Isn’t Yom Kippur a day that is focused on asking God for forgiveness? In this lesson, students will study a Mishnaic text that addresses these questions.  In addition, the resource features a mind mapping activity to help students begin to think more deeply about forgiveness . Thought provoking discussion prompts such as whether it is easier to ask forgiveness from a person or from G-d, as well as addressing the challenges of granting forgiveness, provide the learners with an in depth encounter around the concept of forgiveness.

The learner will:

  1. understand why asking for and granting forgiveness is important for the process of repentance and personal growth. 

  2. know that there is a Jewish tradition at the beginning of the new year to reach out and say you’re sorry with sincerity to the people in your lives, and why this is so

  3. be able to list the challenges that can arise when asking for forgiveness and whenasked to forgive others

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  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

  5. A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

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