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Posts Tagged ‘empathy’

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Publisher’s Notebook: Staying Mission-Focused In Turbulent Times

As we enter the new year 5779 and the accompanying Days of Awe, we are compelled to reflect on our shortcomings, seek reconciliation with those we have wronged and commit to a path of self-improvement. This period of somber introspection is currently framed and besmirched by a loss of civil discourse, absence of empathy and…

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Commentary: Confronting Racism

On May 4-6, I and three other Detroit Jews of Justice leaders attended a “White People Confronting Racism” weekend training with Training for Change in Philadelphia. I arrived home surprised at how heartwarming a weekend confronting racism could be. The training ended with full hearts, affirmation and genuine love for one another. I left feeling…

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Torah Shavuot

This Shavuot, I Thought Of Gaza

This month, Jews in Detroit and around the world celebrated receipt of the Torah, reaffirming a contract our ancestors made to remember and keep its teachings. We did this in a variety of ways — reading the Ten Commandments in synagogue, eating dairy treats at home (I still don’t get that one) and studying deep…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Embodying Empathy

Parshat Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31. Our actions in the world can either bring sanctity (kiddush HaShem) or desecration (chillul HaShem) to God’s name. In portion Emor, the Torah is clear that how we act in the world has a direct effect on the level of holiness present in each of our relationships. In Leviticus…

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