8:00PM Caste Away: Ancestral Healing and the Power of Names
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Honoring the 20th yahrtzeit of Irving Samuel Phillips / Yisroel Zalman ben Gittl veMordecai z"l
Four of the biblical Twelve Tribes of Israel were descendents of servant-class wives. Our ambivalence about naming these mothers as ancestors is deep and longstanding. This "caste study" will weave together ancient source texts (translations provided) with perspectives of Rabbi Yisroel Salanter, James Baldwin, Isabel Wilkerson, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. We will explore a more inclusive understanding of ancestral legacies, and practice a deeper listening to silences that we often take for granted. All are welcome regardless of religious background or text study experience. Maybe you'll even sing along!
Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH, is the founding executive director of WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources, which renews justice and kindness across lines of diversity and throughout the life cycle. WAYS OF PEACE fosters the dialogue between generations that is essential for learning the lessons of history — and healing our shattered world. This program is drawn from "Who Knows Four? I Know Six!", a forthcoming sourcebook that traces the legacies of our servant-class matriarchs through biblical passages, classical and medieval commentaries, folklore, interdisciplinary scholarship, popular commentaries and contemporary fiction.