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Sunday, January 20 • 8:45am - 10:00am
Taking Power: A Mid-Course Correction in Jewish History

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For 2000 years Jews lived in exile as an excluded minority. They were sustained by “an ethic of powerlessness,” consisting of reliance on God to save them, a sense of Chosenness, a strong internal culture, and an idealist ethics. In the past century, Jews re-created Israel and assumed some power in diaspora, developing an ethic of power that included taking responsibility for their actions (and not counting on divine intervention or superior ideals to assure success). The growing gap in understanding between diaspora Jews and Israel reflects that both sides are in different stages of developing their ethic of power. How can we assure not only joint cooperation but constructive arguments with each other?

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Yitz Greenberg

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg has served in the Orthodox Rabbinate, academia, and Jewish communal life. A pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration as well as in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology in light of the Shoah, he has written extensively... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PST