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Text Study created for Reform Jewish Voice of New York State's "And Justice for ALL" Shabbat, looking at parshat Vayeira and other Jewish sources on homosexuality.
In this activity, students examine a text about the differences between the rabbinic schools of Hillel and Shammai.This activity helps students understand the meaning of pluralism both in action and as a value in Judaism.
This source sheet shows different Jewish texts that encourage personal responsibility and action.
Leasdership with High School Students
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Exodus 32: 7-14
ז) וַיְדַבֵּר יְקֹוָק אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֶךְ רֵד כִּי שִׁחֵת עַמְּךָ אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלֵיתָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:
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Jane Kanarek, " What does Tikkun Olam Actually Mean?" in Righteous Indignation: A Jewish call for Justice. eds Rabbi Or N. Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, and Margie Klein (Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2008) P. 19
Tikkun ha'olam is a phrase that drives legal decisions. It reflects an understanding that part of the law's purpose is to create a more just society, rather than a perfect one... Tikkun Ha'olam may be translated and understood as a recalibration of the world, a recognition that the world is out of balance and that legal remedies are needed in order to readjust the world to a better balance. The focus is not so much on the power of an individual to effect change, but rather on the power of law to correct systematic injustice.