Our On One Foot campaign launched January 9 and we are hopping around with excitement! Piloted in 2016 with Guelph and Queen’s, On One Foot has now expanded to six schools- Hillel UofT, Hillel Ryerson, Guelph Hillel, Queen’s Hillel, Western Hillel, and Hillel McMaster. Each Hillel has a different goal and will use the money they raise for the unique need they have identified on their campus.
But let’s take a step back. Where does the name On One Foot even come from?
A famous Talmudic tale tells the story of a person who wanted to convert to Judaism under the condition that a Rabbi will teach him the whole Torah while standing on one foot.
First, she approached one of our sages, Shammai. He was a man who followed very strict interpretations of the Torah and, as the story goes, felt insulted by this “rude” request and refused to answer any questions, sending her away. She, however, didn’t give up and decided to ask another sage, Hillel. Hillel was known for his open interpretations of the Torah, and decided to view her request as a challenge. Hillel stood on one foot and said:
“That which is hateful unto you do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary. Go forth and study.”
Hillel embraced the student with open arms, demonstrating a welcoming, diverse and inclusive Judaism. At Hillel Ontario, we view the sage Hillel as our role model and aim to create a diverse and inclusive atmosphere at each of our campus communities.
We strongly believe in Rabbi Hillel’s Golden Rule, and follow his great example of doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.