Bodies and Communities in the Image of God

By Stephen Hazan-Arnoff

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2009

The author compares the human body with the mishkan or tabernacle, describing both as paradigmatic holy entities created b'tzelem Elokim (in the image of God). Both entities transcend concepts of being and permanence, defined by the tension of being not only fully transient but also fixed and unique. The notion of b'tzelem Elokim also illustrates that Jewish institutions truly reflective of the communities they serve can only meet their fullest potential when all participating see reflections of their own most intimate selves within the institutions, simultaneously as individuals and as parts of a whole.

Topic: Body, Jewish Identity, Jewish Text, Jewish Organizations, Inclusion, Values, Diversity, Identity

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.659

Page Number(s): 1-2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hazan-Arnoff, Stephen. Bodies and Communities in the Image of God. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2009: 1-2. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7378


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