Stop Blaming Your Parents

Stop Blaming Your Parents. כִּי־אָבִ֣י וְאִמִּ֣י עֲזָב֑וּנִי וַֽיהוָ֣ה יַֽאַסְפֵֽנִי׃ Though my father and mother abandon me, God will take me in. During this month, Jews have a custom to read chapter 27 of Psalms where the above verse is found. I believe that on one level, King David is speaking of a moment that every human…

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…