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December Supplemental Materials

Standard: Individual and Community

"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.
Ted Talk Monica Lewinsky: The Price of Shame

How often are we conscious of our group identification as Jews? How can we use it to create real unity and work toward shared goals together? David Bratslavsky answers these questions by exploring by exploring concrete ways to cultivate unity and peoplehood, laying out examples of successes froma ll areas of Jewish life and detailing the benefits of bridging the gaps that divide us.
Ely Talk Seven Habits of Highly United Jews: David Bratslavsky

Are our Jewish institutions reflective of the diversity we see in the Jewish community? Abby Knopp challenges the audience to recognize diversity within their own communities and questions whether our Jewish institutions are as inclusive as they could be. Ultimately she asserts that individuals and professionals can do more to practice the Jewish values of hachnasat orchim (hospitality) and ahavat Yisrael (love of fellow Jews).
Eli Talk The Dignity of Difference: A Place for Everyone at the Shabbat Table

Accepting and embracing disagreement is difficult for some people who seek harmony and cooperation all of the time. Yet, without dissent and differing opinions, the world would be a very bland and conformist place. Embracing disagreement is a valuable way of learning new ideas, tempering your own ideas into workable outcomes, and reaching solutions that everyone can benefit from. Learn how to change your perspective about disagreement and your interactions with others will improve greatly.
How to Accept and Embrace Disagreement

Quotes from great authors thinkers and everyday people on disagreements. These will resonate with the texts on tochecha you will study.

Mussar: Compassion/Rachamim

Karen Armstrong, a scholar whose work is on the interconnectedness of world religions, won the TED prize in 2008. With that $100,000, she created a movement on the interfaith value of Compassion. You can read more at You can also read and sign the Charter of Compassion.

Some believe that empathy can prevent compassion. For more on this idea, read Rabbi Geoff Mitelman’s essay, When Empathy Prevents Compassion.

COMPASSION IT is a nonprofit organization and social movement that inspires compassionate actions. Go to  for ideas for building compassion.

For information on how mindfulness meditation might help to cultivate compassion, check out this link.

Compassion towards Animals: The Jewish Vegetarian Society of North America.


Sun, October 21 2018 12 Cheshvan 5779