Glog from Riverview US Aug 18 2015

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Glog from Riverview US Aug 18 2015

Originally from: "Keshet"- An organization working for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life

בצלם אלוהיםThe Torah tells us that we are all created “b’Tzelem Elohim”(Bereshit 1:26), in the image of God. This is a simpleand profound idea that should guide our interactions with all people. If we see each person as created in the imageof God, we can see humanity and dignity in all people. True inclusion is built upon this foundation.

ואהבת לרעך כמוךCommenting on Leviticus 19:18, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Rabbi Hillel once stated that this was thefoundational value of the Torah. It begins with loving ourselves. We must love and accept our whole selves, and indoing so create the capacity for extending that love and acceptance to others.

כבוד-RespectJudaism teaches us to treat ourselves and others with respect; even the stranger is to be treated with respect.Kavod is a feeling of regard for the rights, dignity, feelings, wishes, and abilities of others. Teasing and name-callingdisrespect and hurt everyone, so learn to respect people’s differences.

כל ישראל ערבים זה לזהThe Jewish principle that “All Israel is responsible for one another”(Shavuot 39a) means each of us must takeaction and inspire others to create a community in which we can all take pride.

שלום בית-Peace at home: Everyone needs tofeel comfortable, safe, welcome, and respected at home. Don’t ostracize those who seem different. Strive to settledisagreements in peaceful and respectful ways that allow all community members to maintain their dignityשלום בית Everyone needs tofeel comfortable, safe, welcome, and respected at home. Don’t ostracize those who seem different. Strive to settledisagreements in peaceful and respectful ways that allow all community members to maintain their dignity

אל תפרוש מן הציבור -Solidarity“Don’t separate yourself from the community”(Pirke Avot 2:5). When you feel different from others in yourcommunity, don’t isolate yourself. Find allies and supporters who you can talk to. If you know someone who isfeeling isolated, reach out; be an ally and a friend.

שמירה מלשון הרע-Use of languageThe Talmud warns us that we must take care in how we use language. Talking about others behind their backs,even if what we are saying is true, is prohibited. The guidelines for “sh’mirat halashon” remind us that what we sayabout others affects them in ways we can never predict. Words can hurt or heal depending on how we use them.

Board 3:Jewish Values of Inclusion


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