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“For there is me”: The Paradox of Humility

Dyonna GinsburgFilmed at Limmud Conference 2015

This is a talk about humility and the difficulties of talking about humility. It's a talk about why we don't normally discuss humility and why we should. And, it's a topic I've thought about for quite some time. What do we do about the apparent paradox that the very act of cultivating humility can become a source of pride? Talking about humility is hard; incorporating it into our lives is even harder. But, despite the inherent difficulty involved, we need to recognize that humility is a central piece of Jewish values and beliefs, no less important than tzedaka or doing acts of chesed. And, Judaism's definition of humility might very well surprise you...

Dyonna Ginsburg is the Executive Director of OLAM, a collaborative venture to promote global Jewish service and international development. Prior to OLAM, Dyonna served as Director of Education and Service Learning at MAKOM / The Jewish Agency; Executive Director of Bema’aglei Tzedek, an Israeli social change NGO; and co-founder of Siach, a global network of Jewish social justice and environmental professionals. She has a BA in international relations from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University. Originally from New York, she has been proud resident of Jerusalem for the past 13 years.

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