Teshuvah Stories from our own Experience

This week the children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have started to tellstories about תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah– returning to the path you want to be on after making a mistake) from their own lives!

We did a little bit of guided meditation to picture a place that we spend time and people that we really know and might spend time with us in that place. Children chose places like the playground, their backyard or their playroom at home. Some children chose to tell stories based on something that really happened to them, or based on something that they saw happen. Some stories had תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) integrated, and for some stories we thought about the תְּשׁוּבָה (Teshuvah) that we would have wanted to happen.

My daddy was pushing me on the swing and I said, “Swing me higher”, and he did but it was too high. I got swung off of the swing, I cried, I got really hurt and I was scared, too. My daddy said, “Are you okay?”, I said, “Yes”, he said, “I won’t do it again.” When acting this out the child acted as his dad and said, “Do you want some ice?… Does it hurt?… Would you like to take a nap to feel better?” He also said, “I would have wanted him to give me candy.” -Age 5
Once, I was playing in my tree house and my brother pushed me down the slide. I would want him to say, “Sorry.”-Age 3
My friend pushed me when we were playing unicorns, but she pushed me because she was frustrated, she didn’t know what kind I was. She hugged me and I felt better. If this happened now I would want to her to say, “I am sorry for pushing you“. -Age 4
My brother had a toy and I had a toy. My brother really wanted the toy that I had and he snatched it from me. I felt sad, so I did a lemon squeeze. My brother gave it back to me and said, “Sorry I snatched your toy.” -Age 5

It’s not easy to share stories that really happened to us, Kol Ha’kavod שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten)!

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