Temple Israel Confirmation Class 5766

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Temple Israel Confirmation Class 5766

Homework Assignment for March 8, 2006

When Push Comes to Shove

Read the texts below and answer the following questions: 1.

Talmud, Shabbat 31a

It happened that a certain non-believer came before Shammai (and Hillel) and said to him,

“Make me a believer, on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot…” Hillel said to him, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah; the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.”

Talmud, Chulin 84b

A man should always eat and drink less than his means allow, clothe himself in accordance with his means, and honor his wife and children more than his means allow, for they are dependent upon him.

Talmud, Shevuot 39a

“They will stumble over one another” (Leviticus 26:37): One because of the transgression of the other. This teaches us that all Israel are responsible for one another. b.

c.

a.

What does the text from

What does the text from

Shabbat 31a

Chulin 84b

teach us about the way we interact with others?

teach us about the relationships we have with our families?

How could you use the text from

Shevuot 39a

to understand what Judaism has to say about stopping abuse in the Jewish community?

2.

The following are 30 characteristics of a healthy relationship. Which do you think is the most important and why?

AFFECTION

PASSION

GOOD CONVERESATION

UNDERSTANDING

COMPASSION

CHEMISTRY

LOYALTY

HUMOR

FREEDOM FROM ABUSE

TRUST

SIMILAR INTELLIGENCE/EDUCATION

HELPING ONE ANOTHER

SHARED JEWISH VALUES

COMMITMENT

OPENESS

HONESTY

SUPPORT

COMMON INTERESTS

COMMUNICATION

FORGIVENESS

FUN

SECURITY

ATTRACTION

FRIENDSHIP

CARING

LOVE

HONOR

RESPECT

EQUALITY

SHARED GOALS

DATING RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES

I have the right:

To ask for date.

To refuse a date.

To suggest activities.

To refuse activities.

To have my own feelings.

To be treated with respect always.

To have my limits respected.

To choose and keep my friends.

To tell my partner when I need affection.

To refuse affection.

To spend my money the way I want to.

To refuse to lend money.

To change my mind - at any time.

To leave a relationship.

To be treated as an equal.

To refuse sex at any time for any reason.

I have the responsibility:

To determine my limits and values.

To communicate clearly and honestly.

To ask for help when I need it.

To not humiliate or demean my boyfriend or girlfriend.

To refuse to abuse - physically, emotionally or sexually.

To take care of myself.

To respect myself and my boyfriend or girlfriend.

To allow my boyfriend or girlfriend to maintain their individuality.

To be honest with each other.

To set high goals.

Temple Israel Confirmation Class 5766

Journal

Name: March 8, 2006 / 9

Adar

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On the reverse side of this sheet is a list of Dating Rights and Responsibilities.

List three of them below and describe why they are important factors in creating a healthy relationship.

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