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Parashat Ki Tetzei, and Humanity vs. Law

Parashat Ki Tetzei (l'milchama...) /When you go out to war... (war against whom, or against what?  Against inhumanity, perhaps?)

    This week we read about the requirement, from which the RAMBAM draws his famous order, not to return a fugitive slave.  Ironic, for a country claiming to be founded in principles based on the Bible, to pass a law ordering the contrary, no?  This parashah, as well as the inhumane law which it prohibits, figures prominently in Black Historyfugitive-slave_kidnap_post_1851_boston  which, of course,  is also American history.

  The_Fugitive_Slave_Law....Hamlet_in_Chains

We can Do Better.

Last week was Parashat Shoftim, and the Rule of Law

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Why Searching Matters on Juneteenth

For years, many newly freed people searched across the country for their formerly enslaved loved ones who had been sold away.  Green 
             Heartbreaking advertisements for missing family members appeared for years after the emancipation.  Searching  

From the first Compensated Emancipation in DC, EmanDayDC to the ratification of the 13th Amendment, freed slaves moved around “restlessly” seeking their people, whom they remembered and loved, who had been sold from plantations and away from families by owners, traders, speculators, or debt collectors.  InfoWanted Please find  more examples, as there are many records of this, dear friends.  And I wonder if, in a few years, Willow and or Anna will be engaged in this same search for lost loved ones? 

    I look forward to your comments on honoring True Seekers this Minbari and Juneteenth Monday, Thoughtful Readers.
Shira

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Parashat B’har / פָּרָשַׁת בְּהַר, & Years of Rest and Return

     This week’s Torah portion,  Behar,  is the 32nd (32/54 or 52, depending on the year: this year, it’s 54…) reading in the annual cycle, and the 9th parashah, second to last in the book of Vayikra/Leviticus.  Normally it is doubled up with the coming week’s parashah, Bechukotai, but this year being a leap year, it is read separately.

   This portion (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) has the Shmitah year, which is the resting of the land every seven years, and the Year of Jubilee, which is the seventh Shmitah year (ok, actually, Shmeni is eighth, which is pretty neat, considering that it is the year after the 7th, aka the 8th, when the shmitah year takes place…).

   I am convinced that both the release of servants every 7 years, and the release of debts with return of land to original families, every 50, were an integral part of preventing inequality from piling up, as it has now, here in the USA.   This idea motivated my original acre/person idea in Project Do Better, even if that idea has been mostly removed from the Do Better manifesto, sadly.

         What do you think our world would look like if we followed the release of debts every 50 years? 

     I look forward to hearing your opinions on this matter, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

 

     Last week was: Parashat Emor / פָּרָשַׁת אֱמוֹר, What Authority Stands For ,

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What would yours be, if you had time?

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Lesson Day 10/67, Plus: Snow Riots, and Heroes Escaping Gatekeepers…

     This week we revisit an updated Lesson Plan 10 of 67 in our GED/HiSET series, and then, we see how the very first race riot in the USA took place, right in the District of Columbia, and how that relates to gatekeepers, but before that, a quick word about Isaias: 

   We have finally met the hero of Who By Fire: whobyfireiwilltmpcover   I Will, Isaias, an escaped slave, now a fugitive from the law, in 1838.  But, how did he escape?  Well, we can’t let the cat out of the bag entirely, can we?  A hint: it has to do with these riots we mentioned a second ago.

    In reflecting on my time as a tour creator in DC, and wondering how slavery still influences us, today.   I loved giving the first tour of my Underground Railroad and Black History series Singing Community Cooperation tours back in DC, and then writing about them.

Interesting points that I tried to make during my tours, from a fascinating book about DC´s 1st race riot, by Moreley, in his book, Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835, not only puts together a sound context for the Snow Riots, but also draws together strands which began then, and still define, he claims, our politics today.  I found most striking his juxtaposing of property rights and individual vs. community as well as freedom of speech, and whether free speech is applied best for owners (elites) vs. the people (the 99%).

Snow, the almost unrelated star of the event, was in the habit of  placing very attention-getting, and mouth-watering ads to beverly_snow_dni_washington_dc_oct15_1833_p2._-_2  attract customers, and was a manumitted former slave who’d established a very successful Epicurean Eatery in DC, featured in this post’s image above, and described in Morley’s excellent book, which I got from the DC Public Library.

 

With my DC Black-Jewish Walking Tours, I started by melding the Black and Jewish DC histories, which was way too big, and looked at how other groups give their walking tours to try to cut down my tours while keeping the essential, and then shared that information (yes, I was severely criticized by one person, acting as gatekeeper for me, I suppose, without my approval, for not keeping my sources secret, but that goes against my principles), hoping to attract allies and build a cooperative.  

Tying the past to the present:  Do gatekeepers enslave human potential?

In Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation 1838-1839, Frances Ann Kemble points to the reactions of slave owners and overseers in the capacity of gatekeepers, preventing the voices of slaves from being heard.

More generally and in the same vein, Voices of Dissent’s C. Heifetz and Sarah Ariste (magazine article from abt. 2006 now unfindable…), ask in “Voices Without Authority” whether our gatekeepers are preventing us from living up to our values as a society.

I further that question:
Are our gatekeepers, and particularly, those who choose the gatekeepers, preventing humanity from reaching its full potential? For, if we fail to live up to the values we profess as a society, such as freedom for all, or equality before the law, then are we not also limiting the potential contributions of some, and thus failing to achieve all that we could, as a whole?

I realize the need, in certain situations, for gatekeepers. However, when the gatekeepers act on the basis of privilege or perception, rather than on the actual needs of the given situation, they can be counter-productive. They can artificially prevent access, resulting in uneven or misleading outcomes, or in simple outright injustice. This reduces our effectiveness as a society in providing each person the opportunity to contribute fully to the creativity and productivity of the human race, and that, is a shame for all of us.

Gregorian Date:           Thursday, September, 2020AD 

Holocene Calendar:  Thursday, September, 12020 HE

Action Items:

1.)   Think of how you, personally, have been affected by gatekeepers?  How did you feel about that process?

2.)  Do you know of others who went through similar experiences, and how did that seem, to you?  Did you get to see the process from the other person’s point of view?

3.)  What do you know of other gatekeepers?

4.)  What do you think is the use of gatekeepers, and why? 

originally posted in:

September, 12020 HE


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Who By Fire: Meet the Characters: Sally… (συναντήστε την Πρόσωπα: ‘H Sally…)

Our next character from my Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is Sally :

      "I would like to learn the Grecian language, of the Testament of Our Lord, one day."

Our quiet Sally is a free woman of great courage. She will tell us next week of why she wishes to learn Ancient Greek, rather than starting, like Hopkins, from the Beginning with Hebrew.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban portal fantasy, sub-genre of either suspense or thriller.

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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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Who By Fire: Meet the Hero -I.

This week, we re-introduce our hero, I. His name changes, so we leave the details of that change a mystery, for the moment:

Am I not a man?

Who by Fire: I Will is Book I of a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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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Who By Fire: Conocer a La Mujer Secreta / Meet the Secret Lady

This week, we introduce a character Who Must Not Be Named. She speaks Spanish because she was born in Cuba:

Soy una secreta. Soy una mujer libre. Guardo mis secretos, y tambièn los de un otro.

I am a secret. I am a free woman. I keep my secrets, and also those of another.

  • Can you guess whose secret she is keeping?
  • -Shira, on behalf of our Secret Lady…

Who by Fire: I Will is Book I of a historical fantasy trilogy.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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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Who By Fire: Insanlar ile Sohbet Etmek: Lucy / Chat with the Characters: Lucy

Last week, we wondered why Lucy wished to learn Ottoman Turkish. She says:

I am given to understand, from our Jesuit masters, that The Turk is now master of The Holy Land. I know my place, as a slave. Yet and still, I hope one day to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and walk in the footsteps of our Lord. Thus, it seems prudent to learn the language of the masters of the land, does it not?

Our quiet Lucy is a woman of great faith. And great audacity.

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP

Action Prompts in support of empathy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) This novel is based in my research into my own family history. Share two different reasons to write your own novel, or to write your family‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that uses a bit of that work.

Thoughtful Readers, have you 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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Last Day of Passover, Empathy, and Kindness to The Stranger Who Lives Among You?

     This week, again, there is no regular Torah reading, because this week’s Torah portion ( for ) is a special reading, in the Diaspora (outside of the Land of Israel, thank you, HebCal):

Pesach VIII (on Shabbat) / פֶּסַח ח׳

Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Numbers 28:19-25

  1. 1: Deuteronomy 14:22-29 · 8 p’sukim ·
  2. 2: Deuteronomy 15:1-18 · 18 p’sukim ·
  3. 3: Deuteronomy 15:19-23 · 5 p’sukim ·
  4. 4: Deuteronomy 16:1-3 · 3 p’sukim ·
  5. 5: Deuteronomy 16:4-8 · 5 p’sukim ·
  6. 6: Deuteronomy 16:9-12 · 4 p’sukim ·
  7. 7: Deuteronomy 16:13-17 · 5 p’sukim ·
  8. maf: Numbers 28:19-25 · 7 p’sukim

   The commandment for this week is to remember having been a stranger, somewhere, and to therefore be kind to “the stranger that lives among you.” 

     It seems that we can  Do Better:

-Shira   

            Pesach I, First Day of Passover, Telling Your Story, and Homes for All of Us? was last week…

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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 La Vérité et Réconciliation par l’Empatie

(English version here…)

C’est presque le fin des Paques, donc on partage les histoires de la Liberté. J’ai creé qulqus uns avec des histoires inconnues a Washington, DC.

C’est avec le but d’aider de trouver les moyennes de nous soulager de l’histoire de l’ésclavage.

La Réconciliation ne peut venir qu’aprés la Vérité:


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  Donc, il faut connâitre la vérité.  L’histoire c’est important, et on a de l’espoire, comment cette lettre de manumission pour un esclave:

 manumission_of_slave2c_francois2c_by_auguste_chouteau2c_signed_aug._chouteau2c_henry_chouteau2c_and_t.f._smith2c_september_262c_1826  letter…

Choses a Faire pour aider l’espoir:

1.) Chercher des histoires d’esclaves ou vous habitez.

2.) Comment et ôu est que on peut trouver ces histoires ?

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