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Torah teaches us that we are made in God's image and that God practices social justice by caring for the poor, hungry, widowed, and orphaned. How do we use God's compassion as a model for creating social justice in the modern world?
This is a source sheet to begin our discussion of caring for the orphan.
Texts for study
This source sheet links Chanukah with Energy efficiency and provides information about how to teach how to conserve energy at home.
From the Sources is designed to facilitate holiday text study around issues of social justice. We invite you to engage in the texts and use them in your community to teach and take action. Use From the Sources to: • Learn with others. Read through this text study together with a friend or a group of friends and discuss the issues it raises. • Enrich your own learning. This resource aims to inspire thought-provoking and challenging perspectives on the holiday texts. • Teach. Invite others to share in this learning. Use it as the basis for a dvar Torah or to motivate action in support of advocacy or tzedakah initiatives in your school, synagogue or Hillel.
Below are selected readings on the role of character as an element of Social Justice. Read through these texts and discuss with your study partner what role character plays in creating Social Justice and why character is an important piece in practicing Social Justice. Use the questions below as conversation starters; feel free to develop questions of your own.
The importance of G'milut Chasidim and its connection to other Jewish obligations
Adult Torah Study
This is being used for a religious school teacher training for a Reform synagogue in MD.
Child labor has been apparent throughout the world for thousands of years, but how does Judaism view this injustice?