I'm Free - אני חופשי
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Estimated Time: 60 minutes
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Goal: the Chanichim should understand that real freedom doesn’t mean doing whatever you want and having no physical limits. The real freedom is about controlling yourself in a way that makes your soul and spirit free.
Materials: put each of the characters' names on the four corners of the room
Written by: Chani and Reut, Cleveland
Suggested Age: Aleph-Bet (really any age, but separate them if you can)
Suitable for Shabbat
Sounds complicated? Well it’s not so hard. Lets say you have a chocolate bar in front of you, and you know it’s not good for you and you decided to have no more chocolate but you can’t control your desire and eat it. Are you a free man then? No, because you’re a slave to your desires and let them be in charge.
1. Pick four Chanichim to act out the following characters: (give out the added papers)
Hi! I’m Zach and I’m the freest man in the entire world. Do you know why? Cause I do exactly what I want. I want to sleep until in the afternoon I just do. If I want to watch 10 movies a day- I do so. I am the one to choose what I’m doing; no one cares about what I do, and I don’t care about what anyone has to say. I’m the master of my life.
Hello! My name is Sam and I’m in jail for the last ten years. I was sentenced for life in jail because I fought the corrupt ruling systems in my country. Most of the day I spend alone in my cell, isolated and kept under constant supervision by armed guards. I have time to read and think and plan my plans. No. It’s not the life I dreamt about, but I don’t regret anything I did in my life. I know I can look back and be sure I did everything I can to make this world and my homeland a better place.
Shalom! My name is Ahron and I live in Mea- Shearim- a neighborhood in
Hi! I’m Jeff, and I’ve got everything a man could possibly dream of. I could get anything I want with my money, and no one will tell me “no”. I live in an amazing house – the biggest you can imagine. It has an indoor and outdoor pool, the newest Sony play station video games from all kinds, and the latest equipment from every kind. I even have around my house a tall brick wall with armed guards that wouldn’t let anyone in. I am a free man!
After every man, ask the Chanichim to think if he’s free or not.
2. Put the characters names in four corners of the room and ask the Chanichim to go to the corner where it says the name of the character they think is the freest.
3. Have a short discussion. Help bringing arguments for each side. You can do it…
4. Tell the story of Nathan Sharansky:
Nathan Sharansky is a Jew living now in
being free means to be free of spirit; to have to right to choose to let your neshama do what it wants to do
(if the kids are able to listen to this and you can find it, it would be interesting to take a piece from Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning, where he discusses the idea that there were a small few people who decided to still be humanitarian and help out their friends, despite the horrible conditions of the Holocaust)
What does it have to do with Pesach?
Pesach is the greatest celebration of Bnei Yisrael becoming a free nation. But yet soon after leaving the slavery of Egypt, the nation receives the Torah. How do the 'rules' of the Torah fit in with the nation being free? The answer is that they became free in order for them to be Gods slaves- and yet they’re free- because freedom means to “listen” to your soul and realize what we are really meant to be doing.