Wednesday, August 12, 2020

On Sunday, January 22, Westchester Day School hosted a Day of Dialogue to promote and practice respectful discourse, primarily among individuals and groups that may differ in significant ways. Westchester Day School was joined by the Larchmont Temple, Westchester Jewish Center, Sulam Yaakov and Chabad of Larchmont/Mamaroneck. Rabbis Jeffrey Sirkman and Beth Miller of Larchmont Temple, Rabbi Adir Yolkut of Westchester Jewish Center and Rabbi Mendel Silberstein of Chabad of Larchmont/Mamaroneck and Rabbi Joshua Lookstein of Westchester Day School taught classes on a variety of topics dealing with the subject of “The Dignity of Difference,” the title of an impactful book by former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Some of the topics included, “A Difference of Opinion by Not a Change of Heart: Biblical and Modern Day Methods of Conflict Resolution,” “All Real Life is Meeting: Buber’s Secret to Life and Living” and “The Divinity of Diversity.” Following the classes, several of the rabbis participated in a panel discussion that recapped and expanded on the messages of the classes. In the words of Rabbi Sacks, “The world is…a complex interactive ecology in which diversity is of the essence…Because we are different, we each have something unique to contribute and every contribution counts.” These messages will hopefully impact the current climate by increasing the values we want to be present in our world.

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