The JEdSTEM Blog
Today’s topic is Give and today’s post is from Lillian Feldman-Hill, Jewish educator and nursing student.
In Jewish practice, when we "give" to others, we do not describe it with the Hebrew verb "To Give" but rather with Tzedek (Tzedakkah) which translates to righteousness. Scientific learning, teaching, research - and my particular focus of healthcare practice - is nothing if not an offering to others and the people who come after us.
We develop technologies and understandings to impact those around us (otherwise what's the point?) but we must ask ourselves is what we do rooted in righteousness? Do we build and develop for the betterment of others or for our own monetary gain? Do we practice healthcare for status and money or truly to bring health and healing to our communities? Do we use our wisdom to bring tools to those in need or weapons to those in power?
We must not only "give" our work to others, we must be sure what we are giving reflects justice and righteousness and makes our world a better place.
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