"AL REGEL ECHAD" Standing on one leg: We tried it, we fell, we wondered what it would like to be asked to teach THE WHOLE TORAH teetering like that.
Last week we saw the whole Torah unschooled right? It was massive! Miles said it would take 10 hours to read the whole Torah. Gunnar said a half hour, Rose said 2 days, Evan voted for 5 hours and Madricha Hadassah said "one year."
So when this shlemiel goes to Reb Shammai and Reb Hillel and asks for the whole thing in the time it takes to stand on one leg, what is he getting at?
Soli wanted to know: "what happened at the end? What did Hillel do?"
Talmidim in all groups heard the story, laughed at the reactions (Shammai hits the guys, Hillel ponders) and puzzled over this opposite golden rule: "What you don't like" says Hillel to the Cheek, "don't do that to another person. The rest is commentary. Go and study."
Some of us drew the story, some of us acted it out and took photos, others thought about what "not doing something we don't like to others" looked like, felt like and sounded like. Eli drew a comic of someone asking for help, and someone saying "ok." Gabe drew friends hugging. Joon said it sounded like "someone giving a kind compliment." Hazel S posited that "cavod looks like sitting quietly and looking at the person who is talking."
In her group, Tova explained "So if you don't like something done to you, you don't do that to someone else." Sylvie gave an example of fraternal conflict: "if my brother hits me, my dad says he is giving me permission to hit him back." cautioned that "two wrongs do not make a right." Zevi wanted to "build on what Sylvie said" and added "sometimes I get really mad, and I have to control my anger. But it's hard to do."
We also wondered: what if you don't like pizza, but someone else really does? According to Hillel, do you not give them pizza?
Next up: what we DON'T like and DON'T want done to us, Hillel style.