Jewish innovation & the establishment: creating in ways that connect with what’s already been created?

The blog below is an adaptation of a piece I wrote for PresenTense. I was writing this around Tisha B’Av, which prompted me to consider whether Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai the first truly Jewish innovator?

There were many great leaders before him, but there are some defining characteristics about his actions during the destruction of the second temple that may add to our discussion about what is “Jewish” about Jewish innovation, and what role do Jewish innovators play within the broader communal establishment. Continue reading

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JHub Adventure – Trip 2 UJIA and Tikun

If you have not already guessed it the J in JHub stands for Jewish. I will give you a minute for the shock to overwhelm you. Good. We decided that it would be silly of us to visit all these different hubs without going to see how other Jewish organisations do it. So we decided to visit:

  • UJIA: the Heart of Jewish Life, is a Jewish charity supporting young people and education in the UK and Israel.
  • Tikun: to guide Jewish people towards their ancient mission of being a shining moral example by teaching them principles of well being, Torah wisdom and their responsibility to improve the world. Continue reading