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KC Salon – “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?”

December 3 @ 7:00 pm

Hosted by Karen & Leo.

 

During the High Holidays, we read a saying by Hillel, a Jewish religious leader in ancient Judea:

 

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

 

Does this beautiful and humane saying give us guidelines to follow in our own lives, when we struggle to address the competing claims of self-care and care for others?

 

For example:

 

  • How do each of us find a good balance between taking time to nurture our own health and well-being (and that of our families), and engaging in activism on behalf of social justice, as we try to respond to the many needs we see around us?

 

  • What should our priorities be when we make common cause with others who share many of our values and goals, but who also sometimes espouse views that don’t align with our own as members of the Jewish community?

 

  • In these difficult political times, have our responses to such questions changed?
  • And finally, is there more we could or should do as a Havura?

These are just some examples of discussion topics suggested by Hillel’s sage words. Please come with your own examples of ethical dilemmas, and join us for a lively discussion!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Hila: hila1226@gmail.com

Details

Date:
December 3
Time:
7:00 pm