Kiddush Hashem: Public Brainstorming

A new presentation is underway: Kiddush Hashem. The aim is to produce a series of videos that will inspire Jews about the importance of making a positive impression on the outside world.

Why am I telling you this? Because I need your ideas…

As I spend the next two weeks researching, I am asking the Torah Live family to brainstorm together: What do you think is the best way to educate people about this vital mitzvah? Do you have a story to tell, or pictures to share, that could be used in the presentation? Who do you think is a good person to interview that could feature in the film? What books or articles do you recommend I read? What films have already been made on this topic?

Please post your thoughts on these and other relevant topics in the discussion area below.

Together we can make a HUGE Kiddush Hashem. 🙂

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014: The video is now finished and can be enjoyed here.

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Torah live fan
Torah live fan
6 years ago

How about making a short film showing what a Kiddush Hashem we could make if we all drove with extreme courtesy? You could make it very humorous, showing the looks of non-Jews as they watch suprisingly at how polite we are!

a yid
a yid
6 years ago

Kol hakavod to you. Please make the point that no matter what kippa you wear, you
represent ALL Jews. Do a morph of same person wearing different kippas, like ari goldwag did in his Am Achad video, and explain that we may know the
subtle differences between them, but the outside world sees them as all the same.

Shlomo Klein
Shlomo Klein
6 years ago

A very important point to make is that KIddush HaShem is not to do what the oyim necessarily percieve as proper, as some people may beleive. Rather it means acting according to the Torah in all circumstances, when one does so, ultimately a Kiddush haShem is created. For instance donning talis and tefillin in an airport or other public place may seem to be the opposite of a Kiddush HaShem to some.

David Komer
David Komer
6 years ago

One way to look at it would be to pit characterization (how the person looks) vs. character (how the person acts and their motivation behind it). It becomes interesting when the character defies their characterization. For example, a powerful wall street broker who takes a minute to help a homeless man. A carefree teenager who runs to help someone in danger. An old lady who cheers up a child by playing video games, Etc. These situations can lead to acts of Kiddush Hashem which are not only educational, but entertaining to watch. Good luck!

Etan Berman
Etan Berman
6 years ago

Below is a link to a video I made about Yarmulke that closely relates to kiddush Hashem. It includes pictures of non-Jews wearing them, a powerful speech from former President Reagan about one and an ESPN piece on Tamir Goodman. It demonstrates what a kiddush Hashem we can be when we are doing what we are supposed to do.

Jonathan Feldman
Jonathan Feldman
6 years ago

There is the story of Aaron Feuerstein who kept all his employees on payroll after his mill burnt down before the non-Jewish holidays. it was in all the media He then went bankrupt and said he did not regret it. i think in the end he was able to rebuild.
Here is an article on the story:
http://www.aish.com/ci/be/48881397.html

Dan Roth
6 years ago

check out this clip someone just sent in: https://vimeo.com/83812505

Gershon Unger
Gershon Unger
6 years ago

Whether it be frum people who have been falsely accused of wrong-doing and even having to serve time behind bars, or actually being guilty of breaking the law, the media thirsts for these types of stories. Secular and borderline religious Jews use these headline stories as a excuses to either not become frum or leave frumkite. As R’ Eli Mansour once said, “Where there’s Jews there’s news”.With this in mind, how about documenting and presenting, in the state of art masterful way Torah Live has done in the past, numerous examples of absolute honesty and integrity which exists throughout the… Read more »