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Beyond Robots vs. Cheerleaders: A New Model of Understanding by Lisa Berney

Rebekah knows the Ten Commandments by heart. She can recite the months of the Jewish calendar in order and can explain the laws of kashrut verbatim. She became a Bat Mitzvah and celebrated her Confirmation, yet she remains lost and frustrated with Judaism, pondering what any of this has to do with her life. Now meet Sarah. Sarah bonded with the Israeli soldier on her Birthright bus and danced with Miriam and her timbrels at NFTY conventions, but wonders: where does this song come from? What is the foundation on which these rituals are built? Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Rebekahs and the Sarahs of the Jewish world have yet to meet. Will the lover of Judaism ever interact with the knower of Judaism? In Jewish education, educational leaders must create a synthesis of Rebekah’s knowledge of the canon and Sarah’s Jewish attachment.

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Unless Rebekah finds meaning and experiences passion for Judaism and Sarah finds knowledge and articulates where all of these practices come from, we will be doomed to Jewish communities filled with cheerleaders or robots.

Read Lisa Berney’s full essay!

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