Facing History

This shabbat's portion is Mishpatim, which says that we should not wrong or oppress the stranger because we were strangers in the land of Egypt. It is apt that this portion comes in the week of National Holocaust Memorial Day. For those of you who heard my Pause for Thought on Radio 2 today, it was very much inspired by a week I spent with Facing History and Ourselves last summer. Among other amazing things, they teach teachers to look at identity, human behaviour and history so that their students understand difference, and are unwilling to tolerate prejudice. Any teachers out there wanting to know more, do check it out, and perhaps join their seminar this summer!


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