Kedoshim 5784: Empathy in a Divided World

Posted by Pardes Faculty on May 6, 2024
Topics: Tanakh, Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus), Kedoshim

In a world rife with conflict and oversimplified narratives about “the other,” how can we embody true holiness by cultivating empathy, humility, and deeper human connection?

Rabbi Brent Spodek joins our host Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield this week for a thought-provoking discussion exploring the Torah’s call in Parshat Kedoshim to “be holy.” Brent denounces the insidious habit of gossip that denies people the dignity of authoring their own stories. Instead, he argues argue for a stance of curiosity – resisting easy judgments and really listening in order to understand the complex realities others face, even amid fraught situations like the Israel-Iran tensions. By embracing this aspirational ethic, perhaps we can create the fertile ground for holiness to take root in our divisive world.

Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield – Pardes Faculty and Host of Pardes from Jerusalem
Rabbi Brent Spodek – Pardes North America Faculty and Host of Good Jewish Lover

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