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!