- Participants will learn the four steps to Teshuvah.
- Participants will work in groups to act out skits that show a scenario with each of the four steps to Teshuvah.
- Cards provided in the annex with scenarios for the Teshuvah skits. Separate each card beforehand. Note: Feel free to substitute or add as needed.
- Poster listing each step of Teshuvah, in the annex. You may wish to enlarge this and post it where it can be easily viewed by participants.
Time Needed: 30-45 minutes
1. Tell the students that they will be using drama to understand the four steps to Teshuvah.
2. Explain that the word “Teshuvah” means “turning back.” If we could turn back the clock to make the right decision instead of the wrong one, or if we could turn back to the right path instead of the wrong one, that would be better, and help us to be better people in the future.
3. Go over the four steps to making Teshuvah: 1) Admit you did something wrong, 2) Apologize for the wrongdoing, 3) Say that you won’t do it again, and the most important step- 4) When you have the opportunity to do the wrong thing again, you make a better choice instead.
4. Ask the participants why they think each step is important, and what would change if one step were omitted. Have a brief discussion.
5. Tell the students that they will be working in groups of 3-4, and each group will have a card with a situation. They will act out the situation on the card, and must show all four steps of Teshuvah in their skit. They will present their skit for the rest of the class, and the audience will hold up a finger corresponding to each step of Teshuvah they observe as it is presented in their skit.
6. Divide the class into groups, give each group one of the Teshuvah cards, and allow the groups time to prepare their skits.
7. Circulate to each group to provide guidance and support.
8. After the groups are ready, have each group present their skit to the rest of the class. Before they start, instruct them to follow these rules for presenting skits: Presenters: 1) Speak loudly and clearly. 2) Be believable (that means try not to giggle or be silly unless it’s part of the skit). Audience: 1) Be attentive, 2) Do not heckle or talk to the performers during the skit, 3) As they notice a step of Teshuvah in each skit, hold up a finger to indicate the step they see, i.e. one finger for step one, two fingers for step two, etc.
9. Allow the groups to perform their skits, following the guidelines given above.
10. After all groups have presented, ask the participants to talk about what they learned about Teshuvah by doing this activity.