Thoughts on reparations for Jews in the Netherlands from the next generation… Imagine finding out you are Jewish as you are being abducted from your home to be sent to a death camp? That was the story for many Dutch Jews who didn’t have any connection to Jewishness beyond what was coded on a punch […]
Chevrutah, חַבְרוּתָא, a fellowship
What is chevrutah? It’s a fellowship, like “fellowship of the ring,” only Jewish. It is a way of learning, a friendship of knowledge.
Chevrutah is a friendly way of learning common to the study of Jewish texts. A chevrutah is usually a pair of people with similar levels of knowledge. The pair is also part of a larger group of pairs, who share their knowledge and interpretations with each other. It’s kind of like having a lab partner for chemistry class.
The longer you study together, the more rewarding the relationship becomes.
What are the characteristics of being Jewish? This was a theme of our fourth chevrutah session for the Jewish Manifesto. It’s not such an easy question. What’s a stereotype and what’s an observation? Is there a way to look Jewish? Act Jewish? Be Jewish? Do I look Jewish? What does Jewish really look like? Does […]
I grew up learning about the Shoa in the most unfiltered manner, from a survivor who was still in his early 40s processing his experiences out loud in front of me and other children. We didn’t know what we were hearing, and, looking back, I’m not sure he knew who his audience was. We were […]
“I’m always very aware of being the only Jew in the room. You will notice depending on the conversation going on in the room.”
Reading the essay On (Not) Reading Anne Frank gave participants space to discuss their own experiences with their Jewish identity, and the anti-Semitism they may have faced in the Netherlands.