Veterans: Open-minded

09.07.2011                      07.Tammus, 5771                      Balak

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Veterans: Open-minded

David Bigman was invited to move to Israel and join a Bnei Akiva group helping a struggling kibbutz.

When David Bigman was torn between pursuing a PhD in economics or intensive yeshiva study, he was invited to move to Israel and join a Bnei Akiva group helping a struggling kibbutz. He agreed to leave his academic pursuits behind and work in the fields. Eventually his intellectual and spiritual side caught up with him and took him on a path that would make him one of the most important rabbis of the religious kibbutz movement.
Since his youth, Bigman has been straddling worlds. When he was growing up in an integrated, inner-city Detroit neighborhood, the Bigman family had strong relationships with their African American neighbors, playing ball with them and even sharing Shabbat afternoon tea. During the 1967 riots, when the Bigmans were out of town, one of these neighbors went out and protected their house with a shotgun….