Good morning, friends! How many of you remembered to bring back your kippot today?
Great! And does anyone remember why I wanted you to bring the kippot back today???
Yes! Because they are bright white in the middle.
Your new kippot are bright white to remind you that the soul you received from Gd is pure. It is, as the Great Chasidic Masters said, like this clear pane of glass … it can allow Gd’s Love and Light, Joy and Happiness to shine through you to all the other people around you.
(shine flashlight through window)
Now, a few minutes ago, all together, we read a list of mistakes that each of us may have made this past year. What do you think happens to our clean souls when we make a mistake? Any guesses?
Well… mistakes put a smudge on our clean souls… So who can think of a mistake that someone might have made this year? Can you name any of the ones we said earlier?
(add smudge for each mistake named)
Oh my goodness, friends, look at what has happened to our pure soul with all those mistakes!! Are we able to share Gd’s Light with others when we are covered with all those mistakes?
(attempt to shine light)
And sometimes, after we make mistakes, we say mean things about ourselves, and you know what that does? It just adds more dirt! That’s not helpful!!
It’s got to be really hard to get around and be happy with all that dirt on our souls!
(try to look thru window to walk)
So what should we do????
What would you do with the window?
Yes! We would clean the window! And just like the window, we can clean our souls. In fact, that is the process we are here to complete today on Yom Kippur. Our Tradition tells us there are three Jewish activities we can use to clean our souls — Teshuva, Tefillah, and Tzedakah.
(show them 3 bottles)
Can anyone tell me what Teshuva, or Tefillah, or Tzedakah is?
Teshuvah is a Hebrew word that means “turn” … it is about looking inside ourselves, regretting our mistakes, and deciding that we don’t want to make those mistakes again.
Tefillah, as we said earlier in the service, is prayer. It is a chance to tell Gd we are sorry for our past mistakes and to ask Gd to help us not make mistakes in the future.
Tzedakah is giving to others, right? It’s what we do when we put coins in our Tzedakah Box and donate it to charity.
Now, who wants to help me show what happens when we engage in Tesuvah, Tefillah, and Tzedakah? To help, you have to choose which activity you would do.
(kids spray window with one of three bottles, I wipe)
Wow! Look at that, friends!! Our window is clean… and the same thing happens with our souls. We can clean them off from our previous mistakes and once again be able to share more Love and happiness with others. And without all that dirt, we are less likely to make mistakes.
So, if you can think of any mistakes that you’ve made in the last year, and if you haven’t said you’re sorry, then today is your chance to apologize and ask Gd to help you do better in the next year, so that you can share more Love with your friends and family.
hopefully it’ll go as well as Rosh Hashanah!!
g’mar chatimah tovah, jen