An update from Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program:
Today we looked at social justice in the Talmudic tradition: “And the Torah commands us, ‘Do not harden your heart and do not close your hand’ to the needy. If your heart hardens, your hand will close and you will see that your fingers are of equal length and then you will say to him (the poor person) – ‘Go out and work like me!’ But do the opposite, open your hand and then you will see that your fingers are both short and long and this is how God created people, big and small, and this lives from that.”
– Rabbi Yeshua Lalum (1901-1950)
Some hard questions about how far this extends. “Who is my neighbor?” isn’t just a Christian question, and time and circumstance make answering it harder than it might appear.
Today we visited the Holocaust museum. Now we are in Jaffa listening to a wonderful lecture by Rachel Korazim on the different narratives of the Holocaust that shape Israeli thought. This is the theme of the week – multiple narratives of what it means to be Jewish. Indeed, contradictory narratives.