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Estimated Time: 90 minutes
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Have the chanichim arrange themselves in a Chet (the Hebrew letter) and stand in the opening. Explain to them the commands you are giving.
Hamifkad na ya’avor l’noach, amod noach means they should stand with their feet shoulder length apart, and their hands behind their back.
Hamifkad na ya’avor l’dom, amod dom means they should stand with feet together, and their hands at their sides.
L’shirat Himnon HaTnua, Yad Achim, Hamifkad na ya’avor l’dom, amod dom means we are going to sing the anthem of our Movement, Yad Achim.
L’shirat Himnon HaMedina, Hatikva, Hamifkad na ya’avor l’dom, amod dom means we are going to sing the anthem of our State, Hatikva.
Livrachot, Imdu Dom means stand at attention for our Brachot:
Mi Anachnu? Bnei Akiva Who are we? Bnei Akiva
Me Chayeinu? Torah V’Avodah What is our life? Torah and work (Tell them we will explain this is a later snif).
U’ma Sismateinu? Am Yisrael B’Eretz Yisrael Al Pi Torat Yisrael What is our motto? The nation of
Hashem Imachem – Yivarechecha Hashem. A greeting found in tanach in two places, meaning “Hashem is with you”, with the response of “May Hashem bless you.”
P’turim means dismissed.
Mifkad is a great time to do something fun with the kids and be creative. It’s also the perfect time to summarize the things you’ve learnt that day. In addition, you can tell them that today’s snif had some simple games that they probably already knew, but that in snifim to come, the games will be more exciting and creative. Perhaps it is a good idea to teach them one line of Yad Achim each week, by translating it and discussing it a bit with them.
Some things to remember in this, your first snif:
-It is crucial to always read the snif packets ahead of time.
-Never read stories right from the sheet. Instead, retell them in your own words. It’s always more boring to here a story being read, as opposed to a story being told.
Be on time, waiting for the kids. Set up some chairs in a circle so that the kids know exactly where to sit.
-Get the feel for the room you’re in. If you’re working in a small room indoors, the dynamics of the area will be much different from a snif run outside. Learn to use your area.
-If you see a kid acting up or getting wild, give them a special job. Have them help you explain the next game, make them feel special, etc.
-Giving out candy often ensures that things will go well. It’s always good to have food.
-Dress in Blue and White