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An exploration and application of “The Relationalist Manefesto” from The Second Mountain by David Brooks

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Our group will review this very last chapter of the above writing, examine it as a yardstick regarding our experiences of personal relationships within the Beth Am community and raise questions concerning our potential for generalizing relationship enrichment both within our congregation and the larger communities in which we are embedded.

Reading The Second Mountain in it’s entirety is desirable but unnecessary for productive participation in our Sh’ma group. This last chapter crystalizes the author’s primary thesis in his declaration... “The social fabric is not woven by leaders from above. It is woven at every level, through a million caring actions, from one person to another. It is woven by people fulfilling their roles as good friends, neighbors and citizens” While this may seem a patently, self-evident truth to many of us, our intention is to dive deep and outward, in the authors words.

The Second Mountain was written primarily as a secular call to action. Yet, this concluding chapter by David Brooks, a practicing Jew and a hybrid of Jewish and Christian influences, touches upon our Torah’s teachings and traditions. In true Jewish parlance, we will compare, contrast and allow for dissent while we aim to apply. Among Brooks’ provocarive statements we may consider: “Joy is found on the far side of sacrificial service. It is found in giving yourself away.”

We will meet a minimum of six agreed upon times in the coming months. In addition to meeting in participant homes, we have options to meet in available classrooms at Beth Am.
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An exploration and application of “The Relationalist Manefesto” from The Second Mountain by David Brooks
Our group will review this very last chapter of the above writing, examine it as a yardstick regarding our experiences of personal relationships within the Beth Am community and raise questions concerning our potential for generalizing relationship enrichment both within our congregation and the larger communities in which we are embedded.

Reading The Second Mountain in it’s entirety is desirable but unnecessary for productive participation in our Sh’ma group. This last chapter crystalizes the author’s primary thesis in his declaration... “The social fabric is not woven by leaders from above. It is woven at every level, through a million caring actions, from one person to another. It is woven by people fulfilling their roles as good friends, neighbors and citizens” While this may seem a patently, self-evident truth to many of us, our intention is to dive deep and outward, in the authors words.

The Second Mountain was written primarily as a secular call to action. Yet, this concluding chapter by David Brooks, a practicing Jew and a hybrid of Jewish and Christian influences, touches upon our Torah’s teachings and traditions. In true Jewish parlance, we will compare, contrast and allow for dissent while we aim to apply. Among Brooks’ provocarive statements we may consider: “Joy is found on the far side of sacrificial service. It is found in giving yourself away.”

We will meet a minimum of six agreed upon times in the coming months. In addition to meeting in participant homes, we have options to meet in available classrooms at Beth Am.

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