Teaching without a Hiddush

Teaching for impact without the “wow” - 

On Shabbat, I taught a piece of text from the Shulkhan Arukh at a moment in our service for learning. It was suggested to me by my rav when I was trying to figure out what to teach. I looked up a bunch of references, but all in all, the text stood by itself. Little more was said on it that the words themselves.

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Standing with Black Lives and with Israel Cannot be Mutually Exclusive

...For the next two hours, I listened. I listened to black women who spoke of challenges and concerns that my white male privilege has shielded me from. I listened to black women who prayed for resolution, strength, and protection. I listened to black women who wanted justice. Beside them, supporting them, and in their name, I chanted, "we're on the people's side", "trust Black women", and "Black lives matter."...

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Imagine, for a moment, that you can enter any Jewish setting, a synagogue, a class, a Shabbat meal. You walk in, sit down, and within a few minutes, you know easily what page everyone is on. You feel comfortable and at ease. You know what to do and what is next. 

Truth is, very few people these days really feel that comfort. They don’t feel at ease, know what page we’re on, or what is really happening. It’s a problem we all need to face and be honest about...

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