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Wonderful Wednesdays, Noisy Holidays, and Hide me in a Library

The common good, or the general welfare, ear plugs and upcoming noisy holidays each merit mention now, since it will soon be Erev Purim, or the night before the noisiest holiday on the Jewish calendar, aka the Jewish Halloween, but not like the Day of the Dead.  More like the costume party of the year, with noise-makers.

Ok, Purim schpiels, the Book of Esther, sometimes complete with macrame tree upon which to impale an image of Haman, twice, if you happen to be the one reading Chapter 7, more kids running amok in costumes, and all of this in a non-Rated R format, at least for the night of Purim.  The morning Megillah reading is more staid, less noisy, and easier to hear the laugh when the reader impales Haman.    Yes, that was a relief.

Did I mention that society, and ear plugs, must become more fully inclusive for all of us?

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources of ear plugs.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how researching on your own about the holiday of Purim, and the Book of Esther, might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses a kid-friendly costume party, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

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ShiraDest

February, 2021 CE = February 12021 HE

(The previous lesson 14/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 15/67…)

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Sacred Study Saturdays, Aaron as Watson Reparation, and extended Adulting

The common good, or the general welfare, requires that Adults see the need for restitution, or other kinds of reparation to restore trust,  as earlier generations saw in the book of Exodus.  Those two types of repairing go hand in hand with our need, today, to become a more fully inclusive society.

The first reparation happens in last week’s traditional cycle Torah reading.  This week’s parashah (Torah reading) continues with Aaron and Moses dealing with Pharaoh, and with the enslaved People of Israel.  Last week’s parashah, VaEra, however, started by repairing one problem:  Moses’ privilege.   It dealt with Moses’ attempt to refuse on the grounds of slowness of speech, yet one article argues that that slowness may have been all in his mind, kind of an inverse to Sherlock Holmes’ concern about arrogance: his own.  Both men see potential flaws in themselves, and both seek responses.  Moses gets it in his brother Aaron, who has grown up as a slave, unlike Moses’ palace upbringing.  Sherlock Holmes gets his remediation in-waiting by asking Dr. Watson to be a brake on any perceived arrogance via a one word reminder of his (imho) most beautiful story, Yellow Face: “Norbury.”

The second repair is made this week, in Parashat Bo.   Reparations for 400 years of enslavement by the Egyptians:

דַּבֶּר־נָ֖א בְּאָזְנֵ֣י הָעָ֑ם וְיִשְׁאֲל֞וּ אִ֣ישׁ ׀ מֵאֵ֣ת רֵעֵ֗הוּ וְאִשָּׁה֙ מֵאֵ֣ת רְעוּתָ֔הּ כְּלֵי־כֶ֖סֶף וּכְלֵ֥י זָהָֽב׃

Tell the people to borrow, each man from his neighbor and each woman from hers, objects of silver and gold.”

 

These reparations happened in cash, so to speak, but there are other ways to repair generational damage, such as scholarships, acknowledgement of the truth of systemic wrongs, help with finding family history, free tutoring, etc, and creation of a floor on poverty for all, which in effect helps most those who have historically been wronged the most.  Such a safety net in the long run helps us all.

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources related to the concept of restitution

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how a study of restitution might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses your thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

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     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson 20/67 published since this post, and the most recent lesson 21/67…)

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Thoughtful Thursdays, From the Depths on a New Moon, and self-Health Care

On the 14th (but starting last night, on the 13th at sundown), began the new month, and the month of Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat, on the Jewish calendar.  Months on the Hebrew calendar begin on the new moon, and this day is traditionally a women’s half-holiday, with no housework being done, in theory, by women on that day.  How I wish that every day would become a day of recognition for women, and for all of those who labour for the benefit of us all.  Our society must come to recognize the work that all people do, to care for others, to keep a safe and clean environment for our families and communities, and our society must become more fully inclusive for all of us.

later update:  Oops!  I forgot to connect those dots: this Psalm is one of those sung as part of Hallel, which is chanted and sung in the morning service of Rosh Chodesh, and most other full holidays. 

Action Items:

1.) Search for two different sources showing the Psalm that contains the words “from the depths,” or “Min haMetzar” ( מין המצר ). 

2.) Share your interpretation of those words with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how we can help build a more inclusive world, and more inclusive thinking, in our society, please, and then,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
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2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

partly scheduled in December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson published since this post, and the most recent lesson (41…)…)

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Sacred Study Saturdays, TV shows for Torah reading, and Adulting Ed.

Part of Adulting, which is part of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement, is learning how one learns best independently, both to keep learning, and to help others to learn.  I learned that some of my favorite science fiction shows can help me learning the difficult names found in the Torah!  🙂

2012-12-02
Star Trek and B5 helped my Torah Chanting, come discuss more SF and ethical values, bring a TV!  Yesterday’s portion had lots of names in it, which I found easier to learn, I argue, because of my experience with words and names in Klingon, and then in Narn and Minbari!  Who says Science Fiction is not practical? 🙂
Kashering Party immediately upon move-in,  kitchen will be kosher pareve-dairy (milchigs …) : I use soy milk.
First Babylon 5 party to be held on the first Sunday in January, provided a TV arrives before then!
Peace,

So, it turns out that there was not enough interest in Bablyon 5 among my friends for the party to happen, but I did get some lively comments on how Star Trek and B5 helped my leyning! 

Action Items in support of learning:

1.) Tell us your favorite TV show,

2.) Share with us how it has helped you learn something important.

3.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses that learning method, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, if you wrote a book, please consider donating to your local public library.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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    ! שָׁלוֹם

ShiraDest

December, 2020 CE = December 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

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Dinah

This week’s Parashah has been VaYishlach: And He Sent (messengers to his brother Esav…).

 

The 5th aliyah/reading of the Annual cycle makes up much of this year’s Triennial Cycle reading, and that is mostly the story of Dinah.  She went out to socialize with other girls, and got brutally assaulted.  I have one comment -it’s based on Listening to my Heart:

her brothers, Shimon and Levi (from the words for to listen, and my heart), should have given Dinah a sword to let her deal with Shechem as he deserved. 

In fact, who knows: maybe they did.

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

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And he left! -and why we sometimes must leave…

…because for safety’s sake, sometimes, one has to leave, well, almost everything…

This week’s portion is Parashat Vayetzei / פרשת וַיֵּצֵא traditionally covering Genesis 28:10-32:3, and this year’s Triennial cycle covers readings Revi’i & Chamishi (4th and 5th readings of the Annual Cycle ). It’s the famous Stairway to Heaven parashah, but many of us read that part last year.

Parashat Vayetzei 5781 / פרשת וַיֵּצֵא
Triennial – year 2
  1. 1: 30:14-16
  2. 2: 30:17-21
  3. 3: 30:22-27
  4. 4: 30:28-36
  5. 5: 30:37-43
  6. 6: 31:1-9
  7. 7: 31:10-16
  8. maftir: maf: 32:1-3 (3 p’sukim)

I think I can sum these two aliyot (readings) up in two words: family feuds.

The 4th aliyah has Rachel and Leah competing in the womb wars, jealous of one another, explaining the names of the boys, but just naming poor Dinah, full stop.

Then, after a few spotted sheep, Rachel and Leah’s entire family seems to be jealous of them, or rather, of their husband.  And they feel like outsiders to their family, and to each other.  The commentators say that they felt sold  to Jacob by their father Laban.

So, it was time for Jacob to leave: with his wives and kids.    So, he decided, after discussion with his wives, and a dream confirming that it was a good idea, to get going.

Leaving often does not go over well with a bully who wants your time/labour/resources/honor for his own.

We see what happens next, next year…

Shabbat Shalom     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items:

1.) Consider your times when you may have had to leave a potentially dangerous domestic situation, or just had to leave the place you’d lived for twenty years.

2.) Share your thoughts about them with us in the comments, here, if you wish.

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NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Sacred Study Saturdays, Adulting Ed., and parents?

Turns out that earlier in this week’s Torah portion is where the fateful dish of lentils is served up in payment of a birthright (Aliyah Rishon, Annual cycle). Did I mention that impulse control is a big part of ‘Adulting,’ and is a skill that helps to be taught from an early age? Is patience more of a mother thing?

This week’s portion is Parashat Toldot / פרשת תּוֹלְדוֹת which traditionally covers from Genesis 25:19-28:9 (this year’s Triennial cycle covers readings 4 & 5 on the Annual Cycle, so the pottage of adashim and dubious birthright sale were read last year, in most synagogues…).

Triennial Year 2
21 Nov 2020
  1. 1: 26:23-29
  2. 2: 26:30-33
  3. 3: 26:34-27:4
  4. 4: 27:5-13
  5. 5: 27:14-17
  6. 6: 27:18-23
  7. 7: 27:24-27
  8. maf: 27:24-27 (although, where I leyn, the maftir is the Annual cycle Maftir…)

 

This part that is read in most non-Orthodox congregations has the stories of Isaac meeting HaShem, making the treaty with King Abimelech, and then ‘mistakenly’ giving the birthright to his younger son Jaacob, rather than to the elder man of the fields, Esav.  With a bit of help from their mom.

The commentators mention the Z’chut Avot, or merit of the ancestors, as Abraham’s protection and promises pass down to Isaac.

This makes perfect sense in the context of the times, yet, just as Harry Potter both paid for his father’s sin of bullying, and inherited Snape’s protection of his mother, I must say that parental merit is overrated.

The Torah later mandates that sons shall not pay for the sins of their fathers, nor vice versa, yet it seems human nature that this happens rather often, and to the detriment of all of us.

This is where community comes in, I believe, to help orphans and emotional/effective orphans, deprived of parents to protect them.

Shabbat Shalom     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items:

1.) Consider your ideas of how each generation affects the next.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, if you please.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

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ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Sacred Study Saturdays, libraries, and Reconstructionism

This was the R. Kaplan whose writings I recall blowing me away a few years ago: a history, literature, separate language, and communal institutions, etc, constitute a separate civilization rather than a nation. R. Kaplan advocated developing all of these to a greater extent than ever, as components of a separate Jewish communal system within the US.

I initially got this book from a private library, in what city, I don’t recall. It brings back to mind the problem of how often I look for a book in the public library system, ask for that book to be ordered, and then get a reply to the effect that the book I’m requesting is too out of the ordinary interest to be worth the Public Library system’s effort. Yet, it is just such books that build a lively interest in curiosity, imho.

The very first paragraph which I saw of his seminal writings began as a paraphrasing of the preamble to the United States constitution, which I’ve not been able to find again! Yet, I was certain that it was in this book:

Kaplan cites Samson Raphael Hirsch as “practically the only one who made an effort to restate the…practical philosophy underlying traditional Judaism as a whole in terms that reckoned with the challenge of modern thought and life.” (P. 135)    Kaplan then proceeds to cite precedents from Rashi, the Amoraim and the Tanaim to show that that reckoning, along, later, with those of the newly formed Conservative movement, were not self-consistent.  Apparently, Solomon Schechter was also not comfortable with modern Biblical criticism, leaving a level of inconsistency in what became the Conservative/Masorti movement.

Judaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish LifeJudaism as a Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life by Mordecai Menahem Kaplan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this book is very dated, it is still also very much worth reading for the action items, the program that he lists, and  for the structure in which he lays out his vision of civilizations in general, and Judaism in particular as a civilization.
His call for Judaism to become even more social justice oriented is extremely crucial in these days.

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So, it turns out that this is not the book in which I saw that amazing Declaration or Constitution of Jewish America, yet I was told that this was in fact the book in which it was found.  Maybe a different edition.  I updated my review upon reading it again here.

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different ways to build world peace.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Write a blog post about your ideas and share them with us, please.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
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4. good #publictransport
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Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Sacred Study Saturdays and transit -by camel!

This week’s Torah portion has been Parashat Chaiyei Sarah, reading shlishi and rvi’i (the 3rd and 4th) aliyot from the Annual cycle, this year, for those of us on the Triennial cycle. It’s the 2nd year of the cycle.

  • from Hebcal:
Triennial Year 2
14 Nov 2020

This week, Abraham’s unnamed servant puts the ‘water the camels test’ to … well, everyone, and it works!

Etz Chaim commentators mention, however, that some of the early rabbis had a problem with this test, so don’t try this at home, folks.

Also, I don’t know about anyone who has actually ever seen a camel up close or touched one, which I have not, but I’m not crazy about the idea of riding a camel several hundred miles, well, anywhere.  I’ll take a nice sturdy little horse, thank you very much.  Not that I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking any trips with any horses, either.  Yet, a pilgrimage with just the company of a nice and sensible little horse (I’d like a Mustang or an Arabian, if you please), though less practical, I guess, than a camel, seems like a nice appealing way to spend some time.  What do you think, dear readers?

Shabbat Shalom!    ! שָׁלוֹם

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

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Read, Write

Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

Moody Mondays and critical thinking about Biblical (im)migration as part of Health Care for all?

Mental and emotional Health Care, that is…

This excerpt from my first practice novel comes as a response to a discussion about the reasons for the destruction of Sodom and G’morrah, from an ancient Rabbinical point of view (at least from one of the prevailing opinions). I incorporated part of this midrash (an allegorical or story-based explanation of the Biblical text that often seems rather fanciful) into my 2012 work, in which one can readily see which characters represent which Biblical personages, I imagine (clearly more anti-info-dump editing was needed, but I beg you, good Readers, to forgive me for the moment, and read the essence of the text…)

Here is the original post (Cities of the Plain: Torture in Sodom as anti-immigration policy):

 

from my “Creator: Friend or Foe?” practice-novel series based on Midrashim which I began as a sort of stream-of-consciousness NaNo novel…

Cities of the Plain

“So you are back, Young Light Bearer. To what do we owe the honor of this visit? Come to renew hostilities?”

“No, you are quite good enough at that yourself. I am here to bring a certain set of cities in a low-lying plain to your attention, since you seem not to have noticed. Down in the valley between that lovely nearly inland sea and the two rivers.”

Not wanting to seem out of touch with his creations, the Ancient warrior asked, expecting her not to know of the other civilization:

”Do you refer to the two rivers with the valley which is watered by the large platteau, between the rivers and the largest ocean, on the eastern side?”

“No, as you know very well, I refer to the smaller town-states in the western set of cities the human beings are developing. The ones from which you must be getting growing numbers of reports of the lawlessness they are instituting.”

-”Lawlessness? On the contrary, they are doing quite well with the legal institutions on the western side of that platteau. They have independent kingdoms which are making cooperative alliances, you should like that, and developing more individually than their eastern counterparts, who are building their civilizations more along communal lines, putting their people in a situation requiring them to go along with the group or risk being the nail that sticks up and must be hammered down. What could be so bad about allowing each person his freedom, withing the set of laws they all have to obey? You yourself as I recall seemed to advocate some such system, no?”

“How dare you, you Ancient Hypocrite, turn my words against me. Listen, this city is taking individual freedom way too far, letting people do whatever they want to those who are not part of their group, and severely abusing their guests, whom they know they ought to be respecting. These laws you seem to admire that they are passing are requiring things which make a mockery of legal protections, like the law that says that any guest in the town must fit in a bed of a standard size, and be comfortable in that bed.”

”And what objection do you have to making a guest comfortable, pray tell?”

“You really have not been keeping up with all of the reports, have you? Their idea of comfort is to ensure that each guest fits the bed by placing shorter guests on the rack, to stretch the body until it is long enough, and dead enough, to fit the bed, or doing their taller guests the favor of amputating both feet, and the legs, inch by painful inch, until the formerly tall guests is short enough to fit comfortably as you say, in the bed. All quite lawful, and all quite dangerous. If this type of behavior spreads, then eventually both of the developing sets of civilizations, west and east, will eventually come to legalize such crimes against outsiders, possibly even requiring every citizen of the town, as a new law now proposes there, to personally involve himself in torturing any guest allowed into the town borders. They think that this tactic will frighten all strangers away from visiting, spying out, and potentially attacking their towns, and that is how their so called Town Fathers are coercing the population into passing this new law. The torture can be inflicted on the stranger even if that stranger is a guest of an inhabitant of the town, and is especially recommended to take the form of rape, in the case of male visitors to the town, in order to reduce the stranger´s social status to that of a slave so that he can never lead an army against them. That is if any strangers to the town survive their visits at all.”

”Well, this has not been in my reports. So the proposed laws must not have taken effect yet. If they are using sexuality as a torture tool now, then I will investigate…”

Interrupting the ”which part of this did you miss in the reports from the first newly born human man?”  He was doing it back then already! Why else do you think his sister, whom you allowed to take as his so-called wife, ended up reviving the Virgin thought-form?”

”But this is different, this is a legally instituted form of sexual torture specifically meant to prevent my code of hospitality from being practiced! That is wrong!”

”Oh, yes, it is wrong when your precious laws are used to torture a man, but not when a man tortures his so-called wife in the privacy of his own home! You Great Hypocrite! This experiment should be ended for the sake of all of our decency, both yours and mine and theirs. These human beings are getting to be almost as bad now, as immoral, torturing maiming and killing as they were before that fortuitous Great Death they had a short while ago. This needs to stop now before all of the human beings are required by law to torture one another, or shall we say before the strong are required to torture the weak, in the name of your developing legal system and your precious non-interference.”

”Yes, you are quite right, I must go down and see about this. I will consult with some humans on the ground there, and as you can see you are not the only one to have taken a human being for a friend. I have my own friend there with whom I shall consult, note. If this is so, then I will take steps to remedy the situation.”

”Be sure you do, because if you do not, then I will be sure to have it taken care of in some other appropriate manner.”

Perplexed, the Ancient Warrior sent for the Light Bearer through one of the supervising guardians:

“How could this have happened, that not even one native or long term resident of the city was good? Not all could have developed this way, surely. What went wrong, that only the recent visitor newly taken up residence was able to be saved, and that not even with the woman he married from the town. How did it come to this? Even my friend argued that there must have been at least 10 decent people in the city. This is inconceivable.”

“It happens with places like this, concentrated power and wealth attracts a certain type of person, keeping them there, building up a culture of competition and dominance. After a while,” the Light Bearer replied,

“When a culture of a place becomes the norm, however wrong, over time, it is taken as immutable. There are simply too many ingrained patterns, too many people of power setting the standard, too many people accepting the status quo, unable to reverse the dominant culture. After a while, even the kind people, who want to do good, come to believe that things cannot be changed. So many of the residents, such a high proportion of the policy and trend setters are so callous that the very culture of the city, the standards of kindness and hospitality, upon which morality is built, are set so low that even the smallest kindness becomes a great burden in the eyes of all those who have been raised or lived for a long time in that place. Callousness becomes so natural that it is taken for granted, and a small gesture of good will is first suspect, then taken for granted, then seen as weakness, and the standards of living become set in what appears normal, even right. When everyone around you was killing, Ancient Warrior, was it not natural to kill? When all whom you know are brutal, does not kindness seem to be weak, or foolish?” the Light Bearer paused, awaiting the acknowledgment of his experience before continuing, “So it was with this place, so influential that all of the towns around it took on the same culture of mean-spirited, callous rushing around, a constant hurry to do first one thing, then another, to keep up with all that had to be done, lest their lives fall into the constantly threatening calamity of debt and powerlessness, in a place where the vulnerable had neither food to eat nor a place to live. The fear became pervasive, even for those who were relatively well-off. In the end, even those who wanted to be kind, believed themselves to be good people, in the end behaved with cruelty. However kind in their eyes, by other standards, more universal standards, they were cruel, but they could not see things that way, and in the end, not knowing any differently, with the standard of kindness at so low a level, even ended up defending the system under which they lived. When that was what they were taught to be good and practical, they could not believe in any other way, and thus sealed their doom.”

(Hopefully some insights may be gleaned from it, if anyone is interested.)

ShiraDestinie

Universal Date: Tuesday, October 3. 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)

 

So, I meant to use the midrash about Sodom having been condemned because of their mistreatment of travelers, upon the famous bed which one size was made to fit all either using a hack saw or the rack, as an analogy for our treatment of immigrants. I’m not sure I managed it, but I am curious to hear your thoughts, dear Readers. 

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Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans)!

 

ShiraDest

NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

November, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)