Friday, August 29, 2008

The Chosen

Dedicated to the memory of Katharine Shragge.
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We encourage you to print this short table talk for sharing at your Friday night dinner table.

2 questions for your table, followed by a special announcement...

A high school student very thoughtfully asked me yesterday: What is the bottom-line vision of Judaism?

I'll tell my response - It seems to me that the Jewish vision statement is to help, via education and modeling, a human society that is infused with spiritual awareness and purpose. To get there does not require that Gentiles convert to Judaism. Judaism is a system to teach us how to create a role-model of that society.

That system includes everything that you would expect from a social-spiritual model - ethics, tradition, ritual, discipline, law, philosophy, etc.

Question 2 - What is the bottom-line definition of being Jewish?

Love to hear your answers.

Here's the special announcement:

I am pleased to announce the launching of Jewish Spiritual Literacy's new website. If you saw the old site, you will notice that this is a complete makeover. It still has some rough edges, but I hope you will be pleased. Moreover, please send your constructive criticism to help us improve it. Here's the link:

...AND HERE'S YOUR UPLIFTING VIDEO OF THE WEEK (watch the interview at the end!):

Shabbat Shalom

Upcoming events:

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur I will be leading a user-friendly meditative program in Baltimore. Send email for details.

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