Starting Conversations

By Sharon Bleviss

Rabbi Elijah Shochet, the scholar-in-residence at B’nai Emunah’s 34th Annual Retreat, led discussion sessions on fascinating topics.

1. Mysticism: Do events in your life happen by accident or is it beshert? Share your beshert stories! Was it meant to be?

(Bashert, (Yiddish: באַשערט), is a Yiddish word that means “destiny”. It is often used in the context of one’s divinely foreordained spouse or soulmate).

2. Truth vs. peace in the house. What is more important: emet (truth) or shalom (peace)? Should one always tell the truth (like in response to, “Is this a nice hat?”) or to make a comment designed to keep peace in the house? Share your opinions here.

3. The Value of a Human Life: When confronted with the choice of saving someone at the expense of someone else, what would your choice be? What does Jewish ethics say? Send in your piece!

About Gabriele Lange

Multi Media Consultant in SF Bay Area WebDesign at City College 2008-2011 Professional Photographer since 1998 Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1987-1994
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2 Responses to Starting Conversations

  1. Sharon says:

    My father-in-law is in a coma and has little time left and my father is in the hospital. This is the time to think about the value of a human life.

  2. Bonnie Gratch Lindauer says:

    So many of us have personally experienced death of a family member or friend. Each of us have probably reflected on the value of a human life at this time — not just those who are close to us but all human life. No wonder the ancient rabbis were not in accord with how to measure and assess when two lives were pitted against one another. Perhaps the best way to honor human life is to care deeply about it today and every day —making that extra effort to connect and bring closeness to those who are dear to us and to those who are alone or without family.
    Bonnie Lindauer

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