Learn how to respond to gossip – The Altamont Enterprise

Posted By on October 28, 2020

A new course taught by Rabbi David Katz at Bnai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will look at the effect of gossip and how individuals and society respond to it.

On Gossip will be offered four Tuesdays beginning Nov. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom.

Gossip weakens the moral fabric of society by rending relationships. The sages warned about gossipers: Gossip can jump out suddenly or insinuate itself in the most subtle ways and always for the best of intentions.

The sages also criticize the passive listener: one who does not stop the gossiper is compared to a hole into which a weasel can hop down; plug the holes and the gossip has no place to go.

This course will cover how to identify and respond to gossip. What do we say? What can we do? From everyday conversation to the media pundits who bombard us nightly, Judaism offers wise advice on how to listen and respond.

The course will draw from the Torah, the Talmud, modern literature, and personal anecdotes as sources.

On Gossip is open to the public. Registration is required. Cost: $20; for Bnai Sholom members, it is just $15. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with links to access the course.

For more information or to register, contact the Bnai Sholom office: 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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