In this week’s Torah portion we see the absence of Shalom as the greatest recipe for destruction.
Jacob wrestled with the angel and the battle left him with a limp and a new name. Jews collectively embrace the name Israel, because we will wrestle, even when it means that we may leave limping.
As we navigate a world filled with complex paradoxes and certain ambiguity, we should embrace dualities and reach out to connect with that which is beyond our selves and personal experience.
But when? and how?! How do I harmoniously keep inclusion as a central value in my life, while also recognizing the need for boundaries?
In this week’s Torah portion (Genesis 11:1-9) we read about the demands of the nations to create a world of sameness and uniformity: the Tower of Babel.
Being a Jew should not be about conquering your enemies. It should be about trying to make the world a better place.