When Listening Is Hard: Lessons from the Talmud

April 3, 2024 7:00 pm

With KS Community Engagement Specialist, Dani Rader

Online Only
For KS Members Only

Through a combination of text study and personal reflection, this class will explore the reality that some things are hard to really listen to and have empathy for. Perhaps interpersonally or politically, many of us relate to the struggle to actually listen to others who challenge our views or understandings of the world. Jewish tradition compels us to listen to the voices that might appear to challenge us the most.

Drawing from a Talmudic Midrash about Rosh Hashanah, we will study how the rabbis engaged with the sounds of their enemies’ cries and learn about how this practice has informed a very familiar ritual: the blasts of the shofar. Stepping from the world of the rabbis to our own lives, we will have space to reflect on how this text might shape our relationship with listening through conflict.