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To further emphasize the reasons and importance of Aliya, teach a little about Bnei Akiva as a worldwide movement
Written By: Aaron Greenberg, Leon Covitz, Nehama Weingarten, Eric Weisberg
Goals: To further emphasize the reasons and importance of Aliya, teach a little about Bnei Akiva as a worldwide movement
Age: Chevraya Aleph, Zach
Suitable for Shabbat
Story: Ami & Israela
When Ami and Israela decided to get married in 1973, it was as if a brother was marrying a sister. Ami and Israela had known each other since they were born. Since Israela was only three days older then Ami, they grew up having birthday parties on the middle date, September 22th. (That was also the day they decided to get married!) The joke in their respective families was – well at least we do not have to get used to our new in-laws!
Unfortunately, on September 2nd, a war broke out and Ami was called to fight and defend his country and his people. Israela was sad, but she knew that as soon as he returned from the war, they would be wed. Her dreams were shattered on September 21st. As Israela was admiring her engagement pictures, she heard a knock at the door. Placing the pictures back on the mantle, she walked over to the door.
“Who’s there?” Israela inquired. But before the man could answer she noticed his attire –a green uniform – the uniform of the brigade of her fiancé. Before the officer could speak, she broke down in tears, wailing “My Ami, what news do you have of my Ami!?!” Full of understanding and sympathy, the officer notified her that Ami, while not dead for sure, had disappeared while on a secret mission.
Her friends and family were unable to console her. Even after seven years had passed, she refused to even consider dating another man, after all, she thought Ami would return one day. Time and time again, her mother would sympathetically try to persuade Israela to get on with her life and continuously urge her to try and seek help, anything for her daughter to feel better. But Israela stubbornly refused.
One clear day, when the birds were chirping a pleasant melody, Israela heard a knock at the door. She lethargically wandered over to the door and asked in a bleak voice, “Who’s there?” There was no response. She repeated her question once again, and again there was no response. As she glanced out the side window she saw a man in a uniform. He looked tired, worn out, and unshaven. But even with all of those changes, Israela was still able to recognize her husband-to-be. And so, after ten years of sorrow, pain and agony, Israela and Ami finally got married.
Discussion: What does the above story remind us of? After hundreds of years of exile, we, the Jewish people, returned to our land. And the land waited for us the entire time. Only once we resettled there did the
Operation Cigar: Aliya from
One of the lesser known Aliyot, the one from
This game acts like reverse hide-and-go-seek. It may present a challenge to play in a small Beit Knesset, however. Instead of choosing one person to be IT, choose one person to hide. That person hides, while the rest of the chanichim count to a certain number (50, for example). Then everyone splits up and proceeds to look for the hidden person. If someone finds him, he has to join him in hiding. Eventually many people end up crammed together into one small hiding spot, and it becomes much easier to locate the hidden people. The last person to find him becomes the next person who is IT. Make sure to set definite boundaries (no going into any place with shiurim going on, no going into bathrooms)
Discussion: Many times Aliyot from countries that are not friendly to
Kibbutz Galuyot: The Concept
Game 2: Blob
Blob is a form of tag. One person starts off being IT. He chases everyone else. When he tags someone, he joins hands with them and continues to chase, until everyone has become part of the BLOB.
Discussion: We believe that one of the major steps in the process of Geula, redemption, is the ingathering of exiles, Kibbutz Galuyot. We pray for this in Shmone Esrei: V’kabetz Nidcheinu MeArba Kanfot Ha’aretz – gather our scattered people from the four corners of the Earth. In our lifetimes, in the lifetimes of our parents and grandparents, this great ingathering has begun. Each of us can also participate in it. In our lifetime there will be a majority of Jews living in
We hope all the Jewish people will come together. Just as the blob is strongest when it’s largest, so to the Jewish people can only fulfill its mission in the world when united together in
Questions: Ask chanichim why people in all these countries would want to make Aliya. How many reasons can they think of? Economy, persecution, ideology… Do these reasons apply in
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