In my next life, I’ll get paid to have great ideas that other people can execute. It’s the imagining of something new and amazing that I love, not always the creating… which might be why my novel is getting dusty and why despite many people jumping up and saying “Hell yeah! I wanna help!” that Itza Mitzva is a bit stalled.
If you remember, I applied for and received a grant from ROI120 to support Itza Mitzva. Itza is our local liberal mitzva study group. Itza recognizes that liberal Jews take informed choice seriously. We don’t want to opt-out of mitzvot because of ignorance, but because we studied it and decided “this is not meaningful to me.”
Going back through blog posts and Facebook comments, I found hands raised to write worksheets on a number of mitzvot and concepts. What does writing an Itza Mitzva worksheet entail?
What would you do?
- Pick a mitzva to research and write the one sheeter for (front and back of one page)
- Find the place in the Torah or Talmud where the mitzvah originates.
- If there is a mishna or story about the mitzva, add that too.
- Gather some ways this mitzva is observed from very traditionally to loosely.
- Find some liberal commentary on the mitzva.
- Create 4-5 questions that could be used to lead a discussion on the mitzva.
What mitzvot or concepts have been spoken for?
- putting a mezuzah on the doorposts of one’s house
- learning Torah
- resting on Shabbat
- saying the blessing after the meal
- Kosher vs. non-kosher meat
- baking challah
That’s only 6 and means there are another 600 that can be written about. Of course, the grant is only for $2000 and I have budgeted $20 per mitzva, so we clearly can’t cover all 613. Doesn’t mean we can’t get a good start working through the list. Also, the mitzva you write about can be a modern mitzva–that’s cool, too.
Want to be involved? Please join the Facebook group for Itza Mitzva Collaborators.