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Texts for Table Conversations – Relational Judaism

The next round is ready for ya! Here are some of the texts you might find if you’re seated at the Relational Judaism table:

Without saying new things, congregations cannot think new thoughts.  That seems counterintuitive, but philosophers of language have demonstrated that in order to think, people need a language to frame the thinking.  We make progress not by arguing better but by speaking differently….Old words just recycle old thoughts.  Without shaping old issues in new language, thinking about them in a new way is very difficult.  And without a new way to think them through, we are doomed to the dismal experience of deja vu, over and over again.
-from Sacred Strategies (p. 178) Aron, Isa, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman and Ari Y.Kelman

As long as we see ourselves merely as grasshoppers up against giants, we will set ourselves up for failure.  If we want to create anything new and to enter into the Promised Land, then we have no choice but to leap into the unknown, to believe in ourselves, and to trust in God's faith in us.  This voice of optimism and hope is what separates Joshua and Caleb from the other scouts.  This is what – in spite of a long history filled with good reasons to see ourselves as grasshoppers and to give up – has enabled the Jewish people to continue and to thrive.
-Josee Wolff, Contemporary Reflection on Parashat Sh’lach L’cha in The Torah: A Women’s Commentary

In the wilderness, the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of The Eternal in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots, when we ate our fill of bread! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to starve this whole congregation to death.”
-Exodus 15:2-3

If you've ever been a part of a learning or change initiative, you probably recognize the feeling of challenges.  After a brilliant beginning, with high demand, you cross a threshold.  Suddenly you think, “We're not seeing any movement anymore.” Your work is less effective, your support in the organization wanes, and crosscurrents stymie your impact.  The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back….If you want to make any long-standing progress in that kind of situation, you need to understand where the apparent limits to your success are coming from.  Limits generally don't become visible until they're provoked, but by the time you provoke them it may be too late to deal with them.  Therefore, your highest leverage comes from anticipating them rather than reacting to them.
Goodman, Michael, “Using the 'Limits to Growth' dynamic to meet the challenges of profound change effectively”  in The Dance of Change by Peter Senge

1. Establishing a Sense of Urgency.  2. Forming a Powerful Guiding Coalition. 3. Creating a Vision.  4. Communicating the Vision.  5. Empowering Others to Act on the Vision.  6. Planning for and Creating Short-Term Wins.  7. Consolidating Improvements and Producing Still More Change.  8. Institutionalizing New Approaches.
-John Kotter’s 8 Steps to Transform Your Organization

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