Summer Camp 2017: Freedom
Resources from the NLI
The theme of this year's Machaneh is ‘Freedom’. As Habonim Dror, we will explore the eternal Jewish quest for freedom; freedom from oppression, freedom to responsibility . Collective responsibility upholds the foundation of our religion, and has done since the very beginning of time. Collective Jewish responsibility is an underlying 'motif' in the Pesach story; as G-d freed the Jews from bondage, He instilled in us a responsibility to counteract any form of oppression we may encounter and live by the teachings of Shivyon Erech Ha’adam (the equality of human value). The state of Israel, which we have the power to realise as a true 'light unto the nations', should be our starting point. Upon leaving Eygpt, G-d granted the gift of Israel to the Jews which, in many senses, was a blank canvas for us to establish a fair and just society. The reliving of the story of the Exodus affords us the opportunity see one’s true self. It is only when we are able to see ourselves clearly, that we are able to be redeemed. But perhaps the only way we are able to see ourselves, is when we are truly able to see those around us. Freedom and justice are the centre-piece of our religion; until the whole world is free, none of us our free. This Machaneh, together with our Chanichim, we will we reflect on the Jewish plight against oppression towards freedom. We will explore the different concepts of freedom (e.g. freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice etc.). We will question what it means to truly be ‘free' in today’s world. Let this Machaneh be the start of a journey for each of us, together as a movement, to pursue justice, liberating the world from oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality or any other.
For each sub-topic we have provided a number of resources from the National Library of Israel, along with discussion questions, relevant links and suggestions for activities.
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Feel free to add your comments to each page and create a discussion with your fellow madrichim.