Yom Kippur is a great time to think about ways to show kindness to the people we care about. Here’s a craft to help encourage the process!
The medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides laid out four steps of repentance (known in Hebrew as teshuvah, which literally means “turning” -- turning away from our mistake and toward becoming a better person.) It begins with recognizing a wrong action, owning up to it, and apologizing for it. The next step is making a plan for the future, for what you will do differently as you turn towards becoming a better person.
Since you don’t need a reason for doing something nice for others, there is no reason to wait for an apology to pop up as inspiration. This craft is a fun way to talk with your family about how we all can do little things to make our friends and loved ones’ lives better.
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This Activity Works With These Books:
- Paper plates
- Markers or crayons
- Brass paper fastener
- Piece of thin cardboard
- Using the marker or crayon, divide the back of the paper plate into pie-shaped wedges.
- Write one person’s name inside each wedge.
- Cut an arrow shape out of the thin cardboard.
- Use the brass fastener to attach your cardboard arrow to the center of the plate.
- Spin the arrow! Whoever it lands on, you then get to decide on an act of kindness to do for that person.
- Repeat often!
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