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Chai Mitzvah Program - Unit 2: Individual & Community

Monday, May 10, 2021 28 Iyyar 5781


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Individual & Community 

The Hebrew term tochecha represents the mitzvah (commandment) or tradition of informing another person of his/her behavior with an eye towards helping the individual to make a positive behavior change. It is variously translated in the sources as criticize, rebuke, admonish, voice ones concern, reproof, and reprove.

Within Jewish tradition, there are many different aspects of the important relationship between the individual and the community. The Chai Mitzvah curriculum specifically selected the concept of tochecha as the focus of this session because it offers the opportunity to explore a unique lens into a critical role that is often difficult to assume. 

How do we engage in difficult conversations in a way that is productive? 

As adults, we often find ourselves in situations where we disagree with someone and we think people are behaving in a way that is not productive to the community. In our communal work, with our families, and at work, adults are constantly faced with the dilemma of how to respond during these moments when we want to suggest an alternate course of action Judaism provides us with guidance as we attempt to rebuke in a way that people can hear what we have to say. 

This session helps us explore how to disagree and correct others in ways that productively move our relationships and community forward.


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