Shame plays such a defining role in our human experience that its absence is one of the first things mentioned about Adam and Eve in Gan Eden. Rabbi Abby Sosland walks us through her own personal journey with s... hame, and the powerful instances when this emotion appears in our tradition in Torah and liturgy. Rabbi Sosland makes a case for dropping the feelings of shame in the situations where it doesn't serve us, opening up space for gratitude, action, and being there for other people.See lessSee more
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Rabbi, teacher, speaker and writer I'm the Morah Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) at Schechter Westchester High School, where I teach Talmud, Bible, philosophy and prayer. I also love teaching adults in all sorts of settings, from the Women's Lunch and Learn group (5th year and going strong!) to the Hadassah of Westchester.
Shame is inexorably tied to the question that many of us will eventually ask ourselves: "Are we a human doing or a human being?" In other words, is our value and appreciation for and about ourselves determined by what we do (and how it impacts others) or by just who we are?
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Spiritual Advisor | Schechter Westchester High School
Rabbi Abby Sosland is the Morah Ruchanit (spiritual advisor) at Schechter Westchester High School, where she teaches Talmud, Bible, philosophy and prayer. She also teaches adults in all sorts of settings, from a Women’s Lunch and Learn group to the Hadassah of Westchester. After receiving rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Sosland was assistant rabbi at Town and Village Synagogue in downtown Manhattan where she continues to co-lead the closing service of Yom Kippur there with Beth Mann. She writes about “shameless Judaism” at www.abbysosland.com.