Reclaiming Boshet

Rabbi Aviva Richman

From Shame to Humility to Revelation

In many rabbinic sources, the attribute of "boshet" - embarrassment - is considered core to building the character of a person in relationship with God.  Yet, we are keenly aware of the dangers of self-deprecation and self-doubt. Through a close reading of a variety of texts (from Maimonides to the hassidic teachings of the S'fat Emet), we will trace the dynamic approaches to boshet that emerge from deep engagement with our rich tradition.  What kind of boshet must we purge from ourselves as a serious impediment to growth, and what boshet must we embrace as nothing short of a glimpse of the Divine Presence? Featured at our 2018 Summer Yom Iyyun.