Chochmat Halev in partnership with Bend the Arc
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Chochmat HaLev Social Hall
CHOCHMAT HALEV ORGANIZING MEETING
• Form action minyanim
• Decide on priority issues for our work
Bend the Arc is coordinating the building of a nationwide network of minyans to stand strong for our values and organize the Jewish community into action.
Jewish tradition has a term for sacred gatherings: the minyan. The “rules” of minyan are derived from several verses in the Torah–but the meaning of minyan comes from Psalm 82: “G-d dwells in the G-dly congregation; G-d judges among the judges.” From this statement, the ancient rabbis developed the mystical idea that gathering people together to do holy work–in their worldview, prayer–causes the Divine Presence, the shekhina, to dwell among them.
Another understanding of the purpose of the minyan, from the Talmud: while any individual person may see herself as unworthy of an audience with the Divine, a group gathered together helps to balance our collective strengths and weaknesses.
“I may be brave when you are frightened, you may be kind when I am cruel.
Together as a group, we are stronger.”
We call together a minyan when we need to be publicly Jewish–and if ever there were a time when we needed that, it’s now.
Let us gather our Chochmat Halev community and organize to become a Minyan of Action.
For more information, please contact Inette Dish, a Chochmat member.