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Yearly Desire: Another Look at Hunger in Jewish Life


“Living as a Jew means that we don’t just eat to live. And at the same time, we don’t live just to eat… With the advent of the month of Elul we begin our preparations for the summer holidays. Part of our preparation is, unsurprisingly, around food,” write retired psychologist Betsy Stone and Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow, vice president of innovation and education at the Foundation for Jewish Camp, in an opinion piece for eJewishPhilanthropy.

Thinking about menus: “While we spend time thinking about the symbolic foods we will have at our Rosh Hashanah table, or the best beef brisket recipe to use, the Yom Kippur fast takes center stage. Are we going to decaffeinate to avoid the headache? How hungry will we be? What is the best thing to eat to prepare for the fast? As much as we say, “Next year in Jerusalem”, we are already thinking, “With what am I going to break the fast this year?”

Need for food: “While global poverty, food insecurity, and urban deserts are issues to be tackled, each of our personal hungers is never fully satisfied. The nature of our being means that we are only satisfied for a limited time. We will always need more… Similar to fear and pain, hunger is an essential warning sign. The feeling of wanting to feed reminds us of the fragility of our body and our constant need for physical sustenance. This feeling helps us live. What about other things that make us hungry? We crave things beyond just food – be it love, connection, sleep, wisdom. or meaning What other desires inspire and torment us?

Desires: “The two of us, a rabbi and a psychologist, began to question this larger question of what we aspire to. The research pointed out that many of us identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Many are disappointed with the offerings of traditional religious practice. Many of us are seekers who don’t yet know what we are looking for. What do we aspire to? How might Jewish professionals and innovators meet the needs and hungers of those who are dissatisfied with our traditional offerings? »

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Jewish Teenage Advocacy: What Is It and How Does It Lead To The New American Jew?

Courtesy of Club Z

“What can we do to prepare our children to stand up for themselves and be proud in the face of fierce Jew-hatred and anti-Zionism that pervades every aspect of Jewish life? asks Masha Merkulova, founder of Club Z, in an opinion piece for eJewishPhilanthropy.

What we have done : “For the past 20 years, Jewish education has been hyper-focused on teaching tzedaka and tikkun olam. The few attempts to educate and prepare students for campus have been made through a one-off workshop or guest speaker. Why then are we surprised when Jewish children start or join anti-Israel groups?

Our responsibility: “Would you allow your child to take an AP calculus exam without taking the course? Would you allow them to perform in a school play without attending rehearsals? Of course not. We want our children to succeed, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are ready to do so.

Unpreparedness: “If this is the case, why do Jewish parents send their children to hostile environments – American colleges and universities – without any preparation? Without giving them the knowledge and confidence to withstand the onslaught of anti-Semitism they will face? »

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