Shame v. Guilt and Why It’s Important

In this presentation Rabbi Bloom explores the concepts of  shame and guilt, why they appear to be similar, and more importantly, how they are essentially different. He uses Torah sources to illustrate how Judaism embraces guilt rather than shame and explains how guilt can be utilized as a positive force of growth and fulfillment.

This class can be presented as a lecture or in-depth text study.

Approximate Length: 

Text Study – 60 minutes

Lecture – 30 minutes

Target Audiences:

  • Schools (Parent Night/Adult Ed.)
  • Students (High School/College)
  • Synagogues (Adult Ed.)
  • Dinners/Fundraisers
  • Scholar in Residence (Combined with other available presentations)
  • Workshops (Mental Health, Psychology, Spirituality)