Tag: love

Design Thinking: Education from a Place of EmpathyDesign Thinking: Education from a Place of Empathy

We kicked off our first Jewish Placemaking Accelerator seminar exploring how to bring empathy into our classrooms and schools. In keeping with the Makom Community’s pedagogy, we ended up applying the principles of Design Thinking to our learning spaces, and we got there through Jewish text. What is Empathy? Participants started out with brief introductions and a small get-to-know-you prompt,…

You Deserve LoveYou Deserve Love

What could happen in a person’s life to make them just want to give up? “Watch a whole city NOT get destroyed” and “lose a new plant they had just received the day before” might not be the first answers you come up with. But that’s what happens for Yonah in the final chapter of his story. After watching God…

Choosing Family with Unconditional LoveChoosing Family with Unconditional Love

Our story this week zooms in on the unique relationship between Shaul’s son Yehonatan and David. They meet after David defeats Goliath, and the text tells us that Yehonatan’s soul becomes bound up with David’s soul. Yehonatan loves David like himself. The two of them make a brit (two-way promise) together. Yehonatan gifts his cloak, sword, belt, and bow to…

Bein Adam LeChavero: Loving the Godliness in EveryoneBein Adam LeChavero: Loving the Godliness in Everyone

Some actions affect our relationship with God. In Hebrew we call those bein adam lamakom (“between a person and God”*). Some actions affect our relationships with other people. Those are called bein adam lechavero (“between a person and their friend”).  We looked at some of the actions we do at Makom Community and thought about whether they affect our relationships…

Peace, Love, and Makom CommunityPeace, Love, and Makom Community

There’s a midrash (commentary) that the people who built the Tower of Babel weren’t punished as harshly as the people who lived during the Flood. Those people were destroyed entirely – totally wiped out. The people who built the tower, though, they stayed alive, but had to spread out and speak lots of languages. Why were the consequences for their…