Moral Imagination: On Being A Good Person In A Morally Complicated World

sun03apr7:00 pmsun8:30 pmMoral Imagination: On Being A Good Person In A Morally Complicated World


April 3, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT-06:00)


BMH-BJ Congregation

560 S Monaco Parkway

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A hybrid event (in-person & virtual) with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in Denver


Extraordinary advances have been made in medicine, science and technology over the past century because scientists, medical researchers and scholars have devoted the full resources of their intellectual imagination to solve problems that had been thought to be insoluble. But comparable progress has not been made in moral areas, one reason being that people rarely devote the same intellectual and imaginative efforts to solve moral problems. Yet such solutions can be achieved by any of us, if we try hard enough and study the behaviors of people we regard as moral heroes.

Among the instances and topics Telushkin will examine are the following:
– How to inspire empathy
– How Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm started the infamous segregationist George Wallace on the path to becoming an anti-segregationist
– Why Anonymous Charity is not always the highest form of charity
– Even when nothing can be done, something can still be done: Lessons from the age of Covid
– Practicing moral imagination until the day of your death
– Why Chief Justice Roberts in a graduation day speech wished all of his son’s fellow graduates, “bad luck” and why a Hasidic Rebbe when asked to bless Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski said: “May you be blessed with many worries.”


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is an American rabbi, lecturer, and bestselling author of more than 15 books, including volumes about Jewish ethics, Jewish literacy, as well as the book Rebbe a New York Times bestseller released in June 2014. Rabbi Telushkin was raised in Brooklyn and attended the Yeshivah of Flatbush. He was ordained at Yeshiva University and studied Jewish history at Columbia University.


– Free for Valley Beit Midrash Friends/VIPS
– Free for members of BMH-BJ
– Free for those under 30
– $18 for all other attendees



For safety reasons, to protect attendees from Covid-19 variants including Omicron, only the first 200 who register will be permitted to attend in person. Per VBM Board Policy attendees must be vaccinated and boosted. The seating will be socially distanced and masks will be required. When you register, you will be asked whether you are attending online or in person. Those attending in person, will be asked to submit your proof of vaccination within the registration form.

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