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At the end of the day, what is the point - are we doing this work in order to effect real change in the world, or to become better people? This session will turn our focus inward, to reflect on the internal experience of the individual who performs these acts. What kind of consciousness do we bring to this work? How does doing the work affect our consciousness? Attribution: David Kasher and Beth Cousens
Derech Eretz in Torah and Talmudic sources, including practical examples.
This sessions focuses on the idea of fear of others and on our fear of the unknown. At the heart of Judaism is the command to resist fearing and oppressing the stranger and instead, acting to protect the stranger and make room for “the other” to exist. This conversation means to help us practice this through the art of telling our stories, and we practice telling our stories here. Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
In this conversation, we focus on how to “know” others. This will help students stop and see others in the world for you they are, not for whom we assume they are, understand that relationships can change the world. Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
In this conversation, we look more closely at concepts of the stranger. What does it mean to live in a world where there are “strangers”? Why are there strangers? We explore “otherness” from the perspective of the stranger, looking at who the stranger is, what assumptions we make about strangers, and how we might change those ideas. Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
This conversation provides two texts that explore these ideas: How do we understand our own identity in the context of a pluralistic world? How do we interact with others who are different than us? How do we explain who we are and why we choose to celebrate our identity? Attribution: Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt
A 60 minute lesson plan for 14 - 16 year olds on the different actions they can take to make a positive change in the world.
The importance of taking a stand against injustice and bearing responsibility for our actions. By Rachel Rosenthal.
What does study have to do with anything? What is expected of us? Do we encourage others to be ethical?
Exploring the role of social action in Judaism. By Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School.