From the declaration of the First Fruits to the Book of Ruth, Shavuot emphasizes gratitude: for Israel, for produce, for Torah, for Judaism. This ritual is a familiar one to immigrants of all sorts from those who literally come to a new land to those who experience other status changing journeys such as conversion, parenthood, recovery from illness, academic graduation, or professional success. Contrasting the performative text from the first fruits offering with Naomi's speech upon returning to Israel, explore the tension between the story we are expected to tell as grateful beneficiaries of goodness and more complex and personal experience. Tell your own story in chevruta.
Hall: Classroom 3
Type: Teen Friendly