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This peula is her to teach the Chanichim two things one decision making skills. The second thing they will get from this peula is how it connects to Purim.

It connects because when Esther was asked to go speak to Achasverosh about law that was sent out to kill all the Jews of shushan She had a hard time deciding what to do to put herself first or put her people first and once she made the decision to go and speak to the king everything worked out well.


Ain Shimcha KeHatarat Hasfekot

(There is no greater happiness then making a decision)

Objective:

This peula is her to teach the Chanichim two things one decision making skills. The second thing they will get from this peula is how it connects to Purim.

It connects because when Esther was asked to go speak to Achasverosh about law that was sent out to kill all the Jews of shushan She had a hard time deciding what to do to put herself first or put her people first and once she made the decision to go and speak to the king everything worked out well.

The Peula:

The beginning of the peula is a value clarification game. Your role as a Madrich/a is to moderate the discussion. The group must come to a conclusion, usually by voting. Make sure each kid votes--abstaining is a way of avoiding thinking the issue through- dont let them do this.
The key to the success of a v.c. game is that the participants teach each other. In general working something out for yourself is always more effective than being told what is right and wrong by a Madrich/a.
So your just there to help them develop their ideas, dont tell them your opinion- because there is no right and wrong.

Bomb Shelter
Its a sunny afternoon in late August. You are sitting outside with your family and neighbors. In the back round you can hear the soft rock music coming from your radio.
Suddenly, the shrill sound of the Emergency Broadcast System screams from your radio. Everyone outside is quite and the broadcaster announce that an nuclear warhead has just hit
New York, Washington, West beach and Connecticut-they have all been confirmed destroyed. The newscaster reports the presumed annihilation of most major cities across the country. WW3 has started and will probably be over within the next hour.
Through your fear and confusion you recall the taunts and jests you received over the past years for having maintained your bomb shelter. Your shelter is probably the only equipped bomb shelter in the city and probably in the world. There are 15 (or however many are in the group) people standing with you in your backyard, but the bomb shelter only holds 4. In the next 10-15 (however much time you want to give for this part of the peula) you have to decide who gets to survive this nuclear holocaust and begin the new world.

The Characters:

(We will be giving the kids note cards of different roles they will be playing. We have already made the cards with the names so you dont have to worry about making them. )
Jack Abramowitz- Rabbi, he is 34 years old.
Susan Smith- Biochemist, she is 30
John Meally- Policeman-he has his gun on him, 37 years old
Joan Grant- Cashier at your local CVS and she is 5 month pregnant.

David Hogan- Doctor, hes 27 years old.

Ellen Fink- Teacher of math, science and English, shes 38 years old.

Sam Buken- Farmer, hes 40 years old.

Thomas Baldwin- retired, 68 years old, a veteran of WW2.

Sally Dale- Student at a local college, 19 years old.

Paul Kent- Star quarterbacks of his college football team, 23 years old.

Tim Orielly- Architect and builder, hes 45 years old.

Jennifer Madison- Shes almost finished decoding human DNA, 49 years old.

Ethan Kurwin- High school student, 16 years old.

Alfred Reitman- invented the smallpox vaccine, almost done figuring out anthrax vaccine, 76 years old.

Molly Zimmerman- Kindergartener, 5 years old.

Doogie Houser- Child prodigy, 14 years old.

Hillary Banks- Ditzy rich girl, 25 yeas old.

Rob Kabst- multi millionaire, 50 years old.
*story and characters are taken from a JPSY activity.

How to make a decision?

Tell the Chanichim that the best way to work out a tough situation is to think of why you and why you shouldnt do it. Then once youve listed at least three pros and cons rate each one from 1-5 (5 being the strongest reason to do it). Here is an example of what to do.

Situation: you catch your friend cheating on a test- do you tell on him/her or do you just let it go?


Why to do it?

1) Cheaters never prosper.

2) Its not fair to you.

3) Theyre not gonna learn anything from it.

Why not to tell on them?

1) They are having a hard time in class.

2) Theyre a bad test taker.

3) Theyre my friend.


Now you rate each decision between 1-5. Ill go through each reason:


Why to do it?

1) 4

2) 2

3) 5

Why not tell on them?

1) 3

2) 3

3) 4


So you look at the answer you gave the highest rating to which would be They wont learn anything that way. You can also use this situation with your Chanichim.

Ok here are some more situations you can analyze with your Chanichim.

1) We are hanging around after davening at the Youth Minyan on Shabbat Morning. Suddenly I remember an embarrassing story that happened to my math teacher yesterday. I begin telling it and everyone listens. Suddenly one Tzadik jumps up and says that this is Rechilut.

Do I disappoint everyone and stop telling the story, or do I continue telling it anyways?

2) Sunday Morning

I hear my alarm clock ringing and I know that I have to get up and daven, before its too late, but Im sooo tired, after going to a movie last night. I want to sleep some more. Besides, there is no school today, and its a good chance to stay in bed longer.

Do I get up now or later?

3) After an awesome, but messy, activity in school, the teacher begs us to stay and help clean up. But we already have our coats on, on our way home.

Do I stay and help, or do I go home?

4) We are stranding in a memorial ceremony to the 9/11 victims. My best friend is trying to tell me his best joke (and he has the best sense of humor).

Do I ask him to tell me the joke some other time or not?

5) Im listening to the radio, and they are playing a song with a great tune. The problem is that it has very dirty words.

Do I turn the radio off, or do I keep listening?

6) Your uncle offers you a job for a week, where youll make lots of money. But on the same day you receive a call from someone who is asking you to volunteer that same week in an old age home.

Do you volunteer or make money?

7) You are taking an afternoon art course at the museum.

You are the only Jew, and no one knows that youre Jewish. One day everyone starts saying mean things about the Jews. You have the strongest desire to defend your people, but if you do it, theyll know that you are a Jew.

What do you do?

8) A friend of yours volunteers weekly with Shmuel, a Down syndrome child. One day he asks you to take Shmuel for a walk in the park instead of him. You know this is very important, but you feel very uncomfortable doing it.

What do you choose: Important or comfortable?

Whats next?

Connect it to the story of Purim-Its explained at the beginning.



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