Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States

Rabbi Avi Killip

Part 3

The sanctity of human dignity serves as a bedrock of the Biblical and Rabbinic traditions. And yet, the cruel pervasiveness of racial injustice displays just how challenging and complicated it can be to adhere to this sacred principle.

What does it mean to act out the dictum that all humans are created “in the image of God?” How does this message apply individually, collectively, and systemically? What guidance can our heritage offer to help us navigate critical questions of contemporary racial justice? And when might this be a limiting or even damaging lens when thinking about racism?

Webinars 2 and 3: Three Talmudic Paradigms for Understanding Racism in the United States with Rabbi Avi Killip

This two-part shiur will invite participants to explore what ancient Jewish texts teach us about racism in America today. We will explore three Talmudic frameworks for understanding the role of racism in our country. Through concepts developed by our ancient rabbis, we will explore our own role and responsibility in racism today, seek tools to resist the racism that is pervasive in our culture, and ask if we have any responsibility and ability to correct for a troubled national history. All are invited to workshop these paradigms and think through how they might be useful to our current national moment, and where their application is limited or maybe even damaging.