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How Do You Own Your Story?

Posted by: Guest

June 20, 2013

Jews today choose Judaism and therefore need to both know and own the Jewish narrative in order to develop a meaningful connection to Jewish life. In his passionate and personal ELI Talk, Richard Joel, President of Yeshiva University, outlines the importance of not relying on transmission by osmosis, but for Jews to both know and own their story.
President Joel quips, “We don’t all need to be learned Jews; we do all need to be learning Jews.” Jewish education, experiences, passion and Israel are all opportunities for serious learning. How do you learn about, and from, the Jewish narrative?
In addition to serious learning, President Joel posits that, “the G-word” (God) is essential to knowing and owning the Jewish story. Do you agree? How do you see God discussed in modern Jewish educational and communal settings? What is the relationship, if any, between the way a Jew thinks about God and her/his relationship to the Jewish story?
Think about these questions in the context of your own story, family and community. To further this idea, join President Joel and Yossi Prager, The AVI CHAI Foundation’s North American Executive Director, for a conversation on Tuesday, June 25 from 12:00-1:00 pm EST.
This conversation is part of The ELI Talks Conversation Series.  ELI Talks present original and inspiring ideas to the Jewish community that explore Jewish engagement, literacy and identity.

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