Israel’s Water Crisis
Group Size: 15-25
Estimated Time: 180 minutes
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- one cup per chanich,
- one spoon
’s water crisis Israel
Written By: Aliza Jesin [used in Camp Stone Moshevet Moreshet Avot]
Materials: one cup per chanich, (candy), one spoon, and sand/salt
Fill one cup with sand. Have the chanichim stand in a line, each holding a cup. The point is to distribute the sand evenly between all the chanichim. However, no one may step out of line. The person at the front of the line gets the cup filled with sand. He or she must pour some sand into the next chanich’s cup and they pore into the next etc…
Game #2: Deep but not Profound
Have the chanichim sit in a circle. You start by saying “deep but not profound” or “spoon but not fork”, or any other coupled words where the first word has a double letter and the second does not. Some examples: sleep but not nap, foot but not toe, funny but not hysterical. Then go around the circle, and without explaining the rules the chanichim have to give coupled words too. If they are correct (i.e., the first word has a double letter and the second does not) they may stay in the game and receive a candy. However, if they are wrong they must move out of the circle.
Game #2 with a twist: The Moon Is
Pass a spoon around the circle. Each person, when holding the spoon, must describe the moon by saying, “The moon is _______.” Then you must determine if they are correct. The classic way to be correct is to start your description by first thanking the person who passed the moon to you. However, you can make up any pattern you would like. For example, the discribing word may have to start in order of the alphabet, or spell out something like “Eidah Gimmel”. Now here’s the twist. Before the game starts you will tell half the chanichim what the pattern is (and not to make it obvious to the other half). Again, those who get it right, even the ones who know the pattern get to stay in and get a reward. Those who get it wrong, even if they know the pattern get kicked out of the circle.
The Story (please embellish and make it your own):
There once was a great king. He owned much land, and was quite wealthy. This king had two sons. Let’s call them Alexander and William. The king also had two ways of dealing with his son’s requests. Whenever Alexander wanted anything, he got it. He had his own credit card to his father’s account, so he never had to ask for permission before going on a shopping spree. From clothes, to computers, to airplanes, Alexander got whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.
With William, it was a totally different story. Whenever William wanted anything he had to first ask his father. This meant that William met with his father at least once a day if not more. And whenever he came to ask for something, they would end up chatting. William would fill the king in on what was going on in his life. And because he has to ask before he got anything, he had to explain why he wanted it. This meant that the king could give his son advice on the matter and tell him if it was a good idea or not. William learned many life lessons from his father and these discussions. However, this also meant that William didn’t always get what he wanted.
Discussion: Which set up would you rather? Alexander’s or William’s?
Based on their answers remind them that although Alexander got everything he wanted, sometimes it wasn’t for his best because there was no one to monitor him. For example, he may buy all the liquor he wants, but he will also get very sick if he drinks it all.
William didn’t get everything he wanted. However, he was being monitored by someone older and wiser who loved him and therefore made sure that William didn’t get anything that would be bad for him. Also, William was able to create a relationship with his father, his supporter.
In the midbar, we had a set-up like Alexander. When it came to needing water, we were given the miraculous be’er Miriam. Once we got the be’er, we always had water.
But since we got to
If Hashem had given us the
Today, we are in
How do we get rain in
When we played our pattern games, when we didn’t know what would keep us in and what would get us kicked out, it was frustrating. But when we knew the pattern we were careful to follow the rules so we could stay in. This is the situation we have with
Even so, when rain is scarce, we still have to divide it equally. We need to make sure everyone gets some water. Just like when pouring the sand, people probably overestimated how much there was, and the front people had way more than the end people did. We must be careful with our water use. Everywhere, but especially in