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In God We Trust?

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Posted by Jeremy E

    Program HostRegional
    Host RegionNorthern East - DC Council
    Program TypeEducation
    Hebrew
    Judaic
    Spirituality
    Time RequiredLess then 2 hours
    Target Population(s)Girls (BBG)
    Boys (AZA)
    Members
    Folds TargetedJudaic
    Education
    Social

    People Participating30-60

    Program Summary:

    G-d's involvement in our everyday lives, and even His existence,is believed differently by each individual person. But how often do people get a chance to express their thoughts and/or concerns?

    Full Description:

    Say the shema, then split into discussion groups of about 10.
     Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. Hear O’ Israel, the lord is our G-d, the lord is one. As Jews, every time we pray we profess our faith in a singular G-d, who rules everything. But there are times in our lives when we question G-ds very existence.
    Discussion questions:
    1.    Do you believe in G-d?
    2.    Has there ever been a time in your life when you have felt especially close to G-d?
    3.    Has being in BBYO affected your belief in G-d?
    Give each group 15 minutes to discuss, come back together and say the Amidah. Split into 4 new groups (new groups means you get to interact with more people) and discuss the following questions:
    The prayer we just said, the Ameidah, is split into 3 sections. In one, we praiser G-d. In one, we ask G-d for certain things, and in the last one we thank G-d for everything he does.
    1.    Do you ever pray to G-d when you need something? Why or why not?
    2.    Do you believe that G-d answers our prayers?
    3.    Do you believe that G-d is actively involved in our every day lives? To what degree?
    4.    Follow up question: How much of in influence do you think G-d has on your lives?
    5.    Based on all the hardships the Jews have gone through (the holocaust, the Spanish inquisition, etc.), what is G-ds role in all of this?
    Give each group 20 minutes to discuss, come back together and say Aleinu, in both Hebrew and english. Split into new groups, and discuss the following questions:
    1.    Do you believe Jews are the chosen nation?
    2.    Does this make us better than other nations?
    3.    Do you believe that Jews are obligated to pray to G-d?
    4.    Why do you think we pray?
    5.    Do you personally feel any connection to prayer?
    6.    (If they say no)What are some other ways you could connect to G-d?
    This last discussion should take up the remainder of the time

    Submitter's Suggestions:

    When leading the discussions, start by having everyone go around and talk and give examples yourself, because they won't want to on their own. Then, once it feels comfortable, they'll start having a discussion all on their own.