Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg @TheRaDR Rabbi & author, books in pinned tweet. Bylines NYT, WaPo, Time, Atlantic etc. Story of my handle: bit.ly/2JmO2A4 She/her www.patreon.com/TheRaDR Nov. 12, 2019 1 min read

Rabbanit @HadasAkaDasi shared elsewhere that her community has a practice now when learning Torah texts that are particularly hard or painful—“difficult, violent, or brings up feelings of shame or self-hate.”—they put money in the tzedekah jar.

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“And then all those quarters & dollars will be added up” and they’ll donate it to a cause supporting women’s empowerment.

It’s relevant now bc the tractate of Talmud being learned on the daily folio/daf yomi schedule is particularly hard on the patriarchy/women’s bodies axis.

But overall the principle I think is beautiful—when engaged in the deep, painful work of wrestling with some of the most challenging parts of your tradition, channel the pain towards going good. Let the hard voices of the past be used to help bring light now.

To note that @HadasAkaDasi says this concept was “conceptually” born in a seminar taught by Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower.


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