Biblical Ideas of Justice. What is justice? How do we create a just society? What morality animates the later books of the Bible? In this three part course, we will examine various stories in the Prophets and the Writings that explore the Divine mandate we have to build a better world.
an after-Birkat HaMazon text-based conversation with CNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin
Shabbat, July 12 (approx. 1pm)
What responsibilities do we have for those in our community? How far do those responsibilities extend? How should those obligations extend in our lives? From the Torah onwards, Jews have been instructed to create sacred communities of inclusivity, compassion, and concern for those in our midst. Come and explore Biblical & Rabbinic texts that address the personal obligation to build with and for others.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…