Has Jewish education become an “unbearable lightness of Judaism”? Referencing Kundera’s philosophical novel, Micah Lapidus, a Reform rabbi and educator, encourages us to teach the next generat... ion a Judaism that is deep and demanding, rather than shallow and easy. Lapidus argues that it’s time to transform the burdensome feelings often associated with Jewish education into a “weightness” that gives our lives meaning and value.See lessSee more
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"The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life's most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become." "Before the beginning of the nineteenth century all Jews regarded Judaism as a privilege; since then most Jews have come to regard it as a burden."
Alright, ladies and gents. Welcome to our second installment of Eli Talks! Here is Micah Lapidus, discussing a topic that is dear to my heart, but I like how he puts it: the incredible lightness of Judaism. He raises the issue of Judaism being viewed as a burden for some - whether identity or observance - and what to do about it.
That's me. Wearing a tie. Which I try not to do. With books in the background. Which I try to read. Whenever able. My name is Micah Lapidus. I'm a Reform rabbi that's married to a fellow Reform rabbi, Loren Filson Lapidus. I've got two young kids. I live in Atlanta, Ga.