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Introduction, Workshop 6: Judaism 2—People of the Law

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

In a free society, some are guilty. But all are responsible. — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1944; 1964

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. — Psalms 1:1-3 (New Revised Standard Version of the Bible)

This workshop continues the study of Judaism. Participants learn the core Jewish biblical story of Moses' receiving the Ten Commandments and examine the role of prophets in Jewish thought and history. They explore the tension between the identity of the Jews as a people and the spectrum of religious expression in Judaism as a faith. To extend youth's look at how some Jewish practices and values might relate to or could enrich their own lives and faith, this workshop offers a Faith in Action activity on kashrut (Jewish observance around food). Alternate Activities invite youth to develop a year's calendar of Unitarian Universalist readings, delve into Viktor Frankl's philosophies regarding the meaning of suffering, or experience a Passover seder.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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