Tikkun Olam

Offline Source Sheet

We cannot help everyone. Nor can we usually give any one cause everything that they need. We have limited resources of time and money. So when we decide to engage in service work, we have to make choices of who we will help and how much we will give them. How do we make these kinds of decisions? Note: This is meant to be a post Alternative Break session, and can be a good opportunity to consider how to engage in social change. Attribution: David Kasher and Beth Cousens
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
Descriptions of Tikkun Olam from Genesis to Heschel.
A source sheet based on a responsum about responding to letters soliciting tzedakah received through the mail.
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
In the aftermath of natural disaster (in this case the earthquake in Hati), this mekorot sheet with thought questions seeks to determine if there is a specific Jewish religious obligation to provide aid to non-Jews, or if it is merely human ethic mixed with enlightened self interest.
Relating to non-Jews. By Rachel Rosenthal.
This source sheet comes from the introduction to the Big Green Jewish Carbon Ration resource (http://ow.ly/4AkVZ) and outlines general principles of Jewish environmentalism as well as specific Jewish values that relate to consumption of resources and can be applied to the possibility of carbon rationing
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