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Resistance to Change

  • Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • Time: 10:00am11:00am

What causes it? How can we help others, and ourselves, deal with it?
Some insights from the Torah and contemporary leaders

Teacher: Russ Linden

We’re living during times of sudden and disruptive change: extreme climate events, the end of Roe v. Wade, and the ongoing pandemic to name just a few. Such events require us and our institutions to adapt and change, but change is hard for most of us. Neuroscientists tell us that our brains are wired for certainty, predictability, and control; disruptive change violates each of those needs.

What to do?

In this session, we’ll study some important Torah episodes – the Garden of Eden story, God’s meeting with Moses at the burning bush, the Israelites’ frequent complaints in the Wilderness, and Moses’ intervention with God during the Golden Calf incident. We’ll also learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s approach to changing the law and Abraham Lincoln’s gradual path to issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. These examples will provide important lessons about the underlying causes of resistance to change and some effective ways to manage change in today’s turbulent environment.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84597410671