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Spring Beit Midrash: Meeting Today’s Challenges: Race, Science, Resilience
In this unique three-part series created especially for Temple Rodef Shalom, we will learn how to use Pirkei Avot’s powerful “spiritual tool kit” – judgment (din), truth (emet), and peace (shalom) - to heal our fractured society. Our expert guide will be Rabbi Jonathan Crane, the Raymond F. Schinzai Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Emory University Ethics Center in Atlanta, GA.

Session 1. Din: Repairing through Reparations
In the United States, racial tensions, troubles and trauma continue unabated. How can torn allegiances and severed trust be repaired? This session explores Judaic perspectives on reparations as one strategy to heal a fractured society.

Session 2. Emet: Of Pandemics and Pigs
For the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, disrupting civilization and destroying lives. But it would be wrong to think that only humans were impacted by this disease. This zoonotic disease spilled over from nonhuman animals, and many have been infected by humans. Truthful reflection on this pandemic, if not most pandemics, requires acknowledging and attending to the ways in which humans interact with nonhuman animals. This session traces Jewish teachings on the truth of zoonotic pandemics from the Talmud to today.

Session 3. Shalom: Orienting our Awareness
Disturbed, thrown, raw—isolated, exhausted, uncertain. How can we forge a sense of stability and peace in this moment? This “spiritual tool-kit” session reflects on ways to orient our awareness that could empower us to listen more deeply and guide us through unfamiliar terrain.

This activity is organized by the Adult Education Committee.
May 20, 2021 07:00 PM
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