- Monday | January 25, 2021
- 10:30 am
Monday, January 25 1:00 p.m.
THE POWER OF STORIES TO ENGAGE OUR EMOTIONS AND TO INSPIRE OUR CONDUCT with RABBI FRED DAVIDOW $125
In modern parlance we can call stories “page-turners” because they catch the attention of listeners, arouse curiosity and engage the emotions of the listeners. A set of abstract ideas and a code of laws may very well express concepts and rules with which we wholly agree but we are unlikely to live by them just because they are written down. A Hasidic proverb says, “Give people a fact and you enlighten their minds; tell them a story and you touch their souls.” In this presentation Rabbi Davidow will share three short Talmudic tales: “Rabbi Chiyya and His Wife, the Prostitute,” “Rabbi Simeon Insults an Ugly Man,” and “Rabbi Joshua ben Levi Meets the Messiah.” These stories are sure to provoke many feelings in the listeners. Rabbi Davidow will guide the discussion with questions to aid in the process of understanding the stories. If any conduct of ours is inspired by something we learn in one of the stories, then that story is true for us. Rabbi Fred Davidow, ordained at Hebrew Union College in 1973, had an active career spanning 45 years as a congregational rabbi and chaplain in Miami, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He has presented a number of programs on storytelling at synagogues and for lifelong learning groups. Rabbi Davidow takes great pleasure in leading Dvar Torah sessions at Adath Jeshurun and in Center City. Some of his D’vrei Torah appear in the Jewish Exponent. In 2018 Rabbi Davidow completed a book Guardians of the City: Stories for Shaping Moral Character, Twenty Dramatic Scripts Adapted from Jewish Lore. Now sheltering-in-place, he is concentrating on writing a memoir about growing up Jewish in Mississippi in the 1950’s.
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